NUMBER OF (millions)
TAXES RAISED (per yr)
COST TO NHS (per yr)
HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS (yr)
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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