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Addiction Calculator

By Mateusz Mucha
Addiction calculator tells you how much shorter your life would be if you were addicted to alcohol, cigarettes, cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone or heroin.

Addictions, as well as causing a great deal of suffering, can also significantly shorten your life. This addiction calculator tells you what your life expectancy would be if you were addicted to several different drugs, and how much shorter this is compared to the average life expectancy. It considers the following substances:

  • alcohol - the average alcoholic drinks 2.15 "standard drinks" per day
  • cigarettes - 20 cigarettes every day
  • cocaine - one gram per day, split into 6 doses (see our weight converter).
  • methamphetamine - 5.3 hits per day
  • heroin - 3 injections per day
  • methadone - 4 pills per day

To use the tool, simply choose a substance from the drop-down list and enter the daily dose of the respective drug and the age at which the habit is picked up. If you want to base it on the life expectancy in your country, Wikipedia comes to the rescue, as always.

This calculator is based on data aggregated and analyzed by Treatment4Addiction. They took data from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and other sources.

We imagine there are a few areas where you could say "wait, but", such as where they dismiss the fact that the statistic for average life expectancy includes addicts (and people who died at an early age), and the fact that a shorter lifespan isn't only related to health issues (also to accidents, crime-related deaths, etc). Also, it's just statistical data - particular cases may be far from the average.

The calculator was instead designed to raise awareness about the gravity of the problem. Please feel free to fill in the numbers and share on Facebook or Twitter using the "link to this result".

Mateusz Mucha

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