Smoking costs the national health service between £1.4 billion and £1.7 billion a year in England, as set out in the White Paper, Choosing Health 1 .
The interim analytical report prepared by the strategy unit to support the production of the alcohol harm reduction strategy for England estimated the cost annually to the health service due to alcohol related harm as between £1.4 and £1.7 billion.
The Home Office research study 249, The economic and social costs of class A drug misuse in England and Wales, 2000", estimated that:
Young recreational users cost the NHS about £2 million.
The total healthcare costs for older regular users were also about £2 million.
Problem drug users are estimated to cost the NHS between £283 million and £509 million per year, in addition to the specific addiction treatment they are receiving.