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Please read the step-by-step instructions first. Then enter your information into the calculator.

Step-by-Step Instructions
  1. Choose a substance from the drop-down list
  2. Enter the daily dose of the respective drug (options: per hour, day, week, month, or year).
  3. Enter the age at which the habit was picked up.
  4. Select your country to get an accurate value for life expectancy

How much is addiction costing you?


Life Lost: How much your life is shortened by with every dose on average if you are a chronic user

Non-addict life expectancy: Estimated life expectancy for someone who does not struggle with substance abuse.

Addict’s life expectancy: Estimated life expectancy for someone who struggles with substance abuse.

Addiction duration: The time between the start of an addiction and the addict’s life.

Total life loss: Number of years lost due to substance abuse.


Addiction is a disease that affects every aspect of a person’s life, including their family, friends, coworkers and other people around them. This calculator provides an estimate of the effects of addiction on a person’s long-term physical health based on information entered, but there is no way to measure the toll the disease takes on a person’s loved ones or even long-term damage inflicted by factors like unemployment, legal trouble, or loss of housing.

The Effects of Addiction calculator is not a substitute for healthcare advice or addiction treatment. Do not attempt any at-home treatment methods for drug and/or alcohol addiction. Substance use disorder is a serious medical condition and should only be managed under medical supervision.

The Effects of Addiction calculator is meant for educational purposes only. The Effects of Addiction calculator and information generated from it is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider and should not be relied upon to inform healthcare decision. The calculator or information generated from it does not constitute legal advice. Please consult your healthcare provider for advice about a specific medical condition and legal counsel for any legal questions.


About this Calculator

Calculating the effects of drug use, abuse, and addiction is not 100% accurate due to numerous factors and complexities relating to substance abuse by different individuals. This calculator tool only provides a rough estimation of the effects of addiction on life expectancy based on known inputs.

The Effects of Addiction calculator was developed by Omni Calculator. To use the tool, 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. Select your country to get an accurate value for life expectancy.

This calculator is based on data retrieved from clinical studies or research papers, according to which:

  • alcohol – shortens your life by 6.5 hours.
  • cigarettes – cut your life by 14.1 minutes.
  • cocaine – removes 6.6 hours of your life.
  • heroin – takes 24 hours off your life.
  • methadone – shortens your life by 14.7 hours.
  • methamphetamine – reduces your life by 9.2 hours.

The time lost listed above is the time lost for each dose that a lifelong addict takes.

The calculator is intended only for informational purposes. Please consult your healthcare provider for medical guidance.

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