If you’re worried about addiction killing people, you’re probably worried about drugs.
In 2015, alcohol and tobacco use, between them, cost the human population more than a quarter of a billion disability-adjusted life years.
Illicit drugs cost tens of millions.
Some sobering numbers: in 2015, 18% admitted to heavy alcohol use in “the past 30 days”, and 15% were daily tobacco smokers.
But in drug use? Over the prior year pot, amphetamine, opioid, and cocaine use came in at 4% of the adult population, with most of them way under.
European regions had the highest number of heavy drinkers and daily smokers
The high-income North America region had among the highest rates of cannabis, opioid, and cocaine dependence.
How many years are lost to addiction?
There’s a measurement called “attributable disability-adjusted life years” (DALYS) — And the highest dalys were for tobacco (170.9 million life years), followed by alcohol (85.0 million).
More important than “lost years,” perhaps were deaths.
Tobacco is the biggest killer: 111 deaths per 100,000 people, followed by alcohol at 33.
Illicit drugs are far behind, at 7 deaths per 100,000 people.
Pay attention. Alcohol and cigarettes are by far the more common deadly addictions.