Although it sounds a bit cheeky for an esteemed publication like Bloomberg to be telling people where their drug money will stretch the furthest, the Global Vice Index is actually intended to serve as an economic indicator by gauging how affordable a weekly habit of booze, drugs, and cigarettes is relative to the average weekly income in a given country. It considers a weekly "basket" of vices one might partake in and compares the cost of that to average wages. Specifically, the GVI "basket" includes average retail prices for the following: a pack of cigarettes, a bottle of alcohol (including beer, wine, and liquor), a gram of "amphetamine-type stimulants" (meth and/or ecstasy), a gram of cannabis, a gram of cocaine, and a gram of opioids. All data was sourced from the United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund.
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.
If you're curious where else you can get naughty for cheap, here are the top 25 most (relatively) affordable countries for booze, drugs, and the like.