What kills more people cigarettes or alcohol

Alcohol and nicotine kill more people than illegal drugs

Around 15,000 people died as a result of legal narcotic drugs in 2006, compared to around 200 deaths from illegal substances. It should be similar with the treatment costs.

Far more people die in Germany as a result of the abuse of alcohol, tobacco or medication than from the consumption of illegal drugs. At the same time, the legal narcotic drugs are also significantly more often responsible for serious illnesses. This was announced by the Federal Statistical Office on Tuesday in Wiesbaden on the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse on June 26th. The situation in Austria is very similar.

According to this, 57,900 people died in Germany in 2006 due to alcohol-related illnesses and malignant tumors that can be linked to smoking. The number of people who died as a result of illicit drugs such as heroin, cocaine, opium and cannabis was reported to be 1,466 over the same period.

At the same time, a total of 534,622 people were treated for alcohol, tobacco and as a result of the abuse of pharmaceutical and chemical products. The German statisticians explained that illegal drugs were responsible for hospital stays in 38,164 cases.

Similar situation in Austria

The situation in Austria is very similar. In 2006, 43.7 percent (or 32,489 people) of deaths were caused by diseases of the cardiovascular system. It is assumed here that around 14,000 of them are caused by smoking. In 2005 around 1,600 people died of chronic liver diseases in Austria - a large number of them caused by alcohol. In contrast, there were 197 drug deaths in Austria in 2006 as a result of illegal drugs.