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Burden of addiction 

Burden of addiction
Burden of addiction

David J. Nutt

and Liam J. Nestor

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date: 18 June 2021

The scale and cost of substance abuse to society are enormous. Tobacco addiction, for example, is the leading cause of preventable death in the world, and the cessation of smoking is a critical prerequisite to improving health. Alcohol use disorders have also been found to be among the most disabling single conditions, and drug use disorders are also amongst the most frequent. Significantly, substance addiction is also one of the main causes of global disability in young people. Substances of abuse (e.g. alcohol, tobacco) and addiction, therefore, are major causes of harm to individuals and society, and these costs occur at a number of different levels.

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