Smoking Vs Drinking

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 9, 2019 and last updated on May 12, 2023

The topic of smoking vs drinking provides English learners with a valuable opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions and enhance their language skills. This subject not only explores personal choices and habits but also delves into health, social and ethical aspects.

By discussing smoking and drinking, learners can practice expressing opinions and presenting arguments. They can also develop their vocabulary related to health, addiction, regulations and societal impacts.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Smoking and Drinking in Today’s Society

In today’s society, smoking and drinking continues to be a prominent topic of discussion. Despite increased awareness of their negative effects, both habits persist among individuals of various age groups. Smoking remains a major public health concern, linked to numerous life-threatening conditions. On the other hand, drinking alcohol has become deeply ingrained in social settings and cultural practices, but excessive consumption poses significant risks to physical and mental well-being.

The ongoing debates surrounding smoking and drinking revolve around issues such as addiction, public policy, personal freedom and societal norms. As society increasingly prioritises health, it becomes crucial to thoroughly examine the challenges and complexities associated with smoking and drinking habits, and to explore effective strategies for prevention and harm reduction in order to address the risks they pose.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • drunk (adjective)
  • unhealthy (adjective)
  • lungs (noun)
  • damage (verb)
  • give up (phrasal verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do you think smoking or drinking is more harmful to health?
  • How common is smoking and drinking in your country?
  • What are some reasons why people smoke or drink?
  • Do you think smoking or drinking is more addictive?
  • Should smoking and drinking be banned in public places?
  • Do you think the reasons people choose to smoke or drink alcohol are different?
  • Is it more difficult to quit smoking or drinking?
  • Do you think the legal age for smoking and drinking alcohol should be the same or different?
  • Do you think the government should focus on encouraging people to give up alcohol or cigarettes?
  • Have you ever witnessed any negative effects of smoking or drinking on someone's life?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.