|UK SMOKERS||V||UK DRINKERS|
|10||NUMBER OF (millions)||24|
|£9.5bn||TAXES RAISED (per yr)||£10bn|
|£2bn||COST TO NHS (per yr)||£3.5bn|
|450,000||HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS (yr)||1,100,000|
As an individual, cigarettes are much more likely to kill you eventually, but alcohol can kill you at any age; through binge drinking, alcohol-related violence and drink driving. And smoking rates have almost halved since 1974, whereas average alcohol consumption figures have fallen much more slowly.