"However, that is a side argument which has nothing to do with your contention that alcohol is as addictive as tobacco"
Then explain why I see homeless people all over begging for money for a bottle of booze but not for a pack of camels. Yeah they probably smoke too but they don't NEED a cigarette, they may literally die without a drink.
How many times have you heard a story about how someone was doing great until they started smoking and then they ended up on the street because of their habit? Can you say the same for alcohol?