Alcohol and tobacco are by far the biggest threat to human welfare of all addictive drugs

Science Daily
May 14, 2018
By Science Daily
Alcohol and tobacco are by far the biggest threat to human welfare of all addictive drugs
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A new review published online today in the journal Addiction has compiled the best, most up-to-date source of information on alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use and the burden of death and disease. It shows that in 2015 alcohol and tobacco use between them cost the human population more than a quarter of a billion disability-adjusted life years, with illicit drugs costing a further tens of millions.

The largest health burden from substance use was attributable to tobacco smoking and the smallest was attributable to illicit drugs. Global estimates suggest that nearly one in seven adults (15.2 per cent) smoke tobacco and one in five adults report at least one occasion of heavy alcohol use in the past month. | READ THE FULL STORY

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