This year, Luxembourg topped the rankings as the place where a vice habit is cheapest relative to income, costing less than 10% of the $2,071 average weekly wage there. The Bahamas took the no. 2 spot, where a habit costs just under 16% of a weekly paycheck, while Switzerland, Iceland, and France ranked third, fourth, and fifth, respectively. Meanwhile, getting your fix in Ukraine is wildly expensive, costing average residents 13 times their weekly salary. Prices are similarly steep for people in Pakistan, Nepal, and Burkina Faso. As for the United States, after taking the 17th spot last year, it dropped to 38 in 2018, with a vice habit eating up a cool 54% of a weekly wage these days.
In terms of the gross cost of a weekly habit, only three countries clocked in above $1,000: Japan, New Zealand, and Australia. Alternately, that same "basket" costs less than $100 in places like Dominican Republic, Ghana, Congo, Colombia, South Africa, Guatemala, Kenya, and Myanmar.