Along with the 'Wales' the 'London Bus' and the 'Football Pitch', the 'Nurse' is a standard unit of measurement well understood by the newspaper reading public (as in 'An area the size of Wales is to be covered with wind towers each the height of six London Buses and with a sail area of 0.3 Football pitches; each is equivalent to the costs of 14.7 Nurses'). You see, the headline news that drunks cost the NHS £2.7bn a year means absolutely nothing to most people. Now let's make sense of it.
Some 80% of NHS costs are salaries and wages, so some £2.16bn of the annual drunk cost. An average Nurse is £30k a year, so the UK's socially responsible and altruistic drunks actually directly support the employment of some 72,000 out of the country's 400,000 nurses. What's more, with government income from Spirit duties at £2.3bn, Wine duties at £2.9bn and beer and cider duties at £3.4bn, some £8.6bn, they're paying not only for these 72,000 nurses but another 215,000 of the remaining 328,000. In fact, without the support of the county's drunks, the NHS would collapse.