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Head to head: UK smokers vs UK drinkers

Head to head: UK smokers vs UK drinkers

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Which is worse - smoking or drinking? We tot up the stats to find out which affects UK citizens the most.

UK SMOKERSVUK DRINKERS
10NUMBER OF (millions)24
£9.5bnTAXES RAISED (per yr)£10bn
£2bnCOST TO NHS (per yr)£3.5bn
450,000HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS (yr)1,100,000
100,000DEATHS (yr)6,600

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.

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