18 Enero 2017 11:17
How much does it cost to get fucked up in your country? This map will tell you.
A packet of cigarettes from one of the best brands. Various bottles of alcohol, specifically, wine, beer and spirits. A gram of a medley of stimulants that include amphetamines, methamphetamines and ecstasy. A gram of cannabis, a gram of cocaine and a gram of opioids (heroin and opium).
Imagine this shopping basket of debauchery. How much do you think it would cost to indulge in these products in these quantities in your country?
This is the question they were asking at Bloomberg, where they analysed the cost of alcohol, tobacco and drugs around the world.
To do so, they composed a 'basked of addictions' and compared the prices of these substances in more than 100 countries around the world. They found the place where the basket was cheapest to be Laos, with a price of only $41.40, followed by the Congo and Honduras.
On the other end of the spectrum is Japan, where the combination of tobacco, alcohol and drugs comes to a staggering $1,441.50. New Zealand and Australia are next on the list of most expensive countries.
In 18 countries, the cost of the drugs didn't exceed $100, a very low price, which is due to the fact that they're emerging or frontier markets. Many of these can be found close to areas where the drug is produced on a large scale, as is the case of the so-called Golden Triangle in Asia.
'It has to do with the cost of distribution', explained Bloomberg Peter Reuter, Professor in the School of Public Policy and the Department of Criminology at the University of Maryland. 'Being closer reduces costs'.
But close doesn't always mean accessible or affordable for the general population. In this sense, the agency also evaluated in which countries it's easiest – economically speaking – to buy drugs. For this, they compared drug prices with the average weekly income of the citizens.
This caused the results to vary. Taking this variant into account, the inhabitants of Luxembourg, Switzerland and the Bahamas are those which can fill the trolley for a lower relative cost. At the other extreme is Venezuela, a country where hyperinflation also affects tobacco, drugs and alcohol.
Spain finds itself at number 19, with a basket costing $195.
In order to create the list, Bloomberg drew from his own investigations, the World Drug Report published by the UN and data from the World Health Organisation.