But in the same way as smokers cark it quite quickly, without requiring too much long term attention, after paying absolutely stonking great big amounts of tax, then surely everyone doing a George Best would save on the cost of long term care, pensions, Werthers originals, free bus passes, Tenalady pads, and treatment for going bonkers, and your legs stopping working.
Rather than vilifying piss-heads, smokers and smackheads, Maybe a touch of gratitude may be in order from the health nazi contingent, as they settle into being a burden on society until they're 112 while waiting for their 4th hip replacement
Smokers aren't paying the stonking amounts of tax they used to. Easy access to duty free nailed that one. It used to be cost effective to tax them to death, but the balance has swung the other way now: they're costing more revenue than they're putting in. Hence the change of policy to preventing smoking through social engineering. They're the new "drink drivers" for public condemnation.
And the other point. Pissheads aren't getting less NHS attention than those in care till they're 112. They just need to start it earlier. They might be croaking it at 60, but that's after two liver transplants and being in nappies since 40.