Head to head: UK smokers vs UK drinkers

Head to head: UK smokers vs UK drinkers

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

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
100,000 DEATHS (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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