The map of the world by the cost of drugs, booze and cigarettes

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The cheapest place to buy drugs alcohol and cigarettes is Laos, where a weekly habit will cost you £41.40 (£33.70), according to research in the Bloomberg Vice Index.

The most expensive place is Japan, where a basket of the good stuff will cost you $1,441.50 (£1,174.70).

Bloomberg compared the cost of tobacco, alcohol, amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine and opioids in over 100 countries.

If you were wondering, in the UK it costs roughly £250.30.

Browse the snapshot interactive map, below:

Note: The Bloomberg index is ranked by basket cost as a percentage of weekly income, while our map has been colour coded by basket cost in £ only.

Peter Reuter, a professor at the University of Maryland, told Bloomberg:

It's all about distribution costs. Being closer to the producer lowers costs.

Philip J. Cook, professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, said:

Illegal drugs prices will of course have a premium that reflects local zeal for enforcement.

The same can be said for the heavily taxed legal commodities, since the street price may be dominated by smuggled goods.

For a broader look at the index, visit

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