Men in the UK that are dependent on substances including alcohol are currently showing shocking statistics for any year, but even more so in 2020. Below are some of the key statistics that will give you a snapshot of the current situation for men in the UK.
- In England, there are an estimated 586,780 dependent drinkers, of whom 82% are not accessing treatment.
- Alcohol misuse is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability among 15-49 year-olds in the UK, and the fifth biggest risk factor across all ages.
- Signs of dependence on drugs alone were higher among males than females; 4.3% compared to 1.9%.
- Drug dependence decreased with age. 11.8% of men aged 16 to 24 showed signs of dependence.
It’s time that we all take the shame and stigma out of the topic of addiction and dependence. As these statistics show, too few men are talking about their drug and alcohol use or seeking treatment for it. It’s time we changed this! This has also been compounded by the coronavirus isolating people inside their houses where drug and alcohol use has not only increased but has also changed how people can access relevant treatment services, putting many off seeking help until the situation changes which may then be too late!
To find your nearest drug and alcohol service or GP (if you are not already registered with one) can be found on our help and support page.