Drug and Alcohol Statistics

According to numerous surveys, taking drugs and consuming alcohol hasn’t really died down in recent years, and in some places it is higher than ever. It’s important, especially around the holidays when there can be a lot of peer pressure, to make sure you aren’t over indulging and don’t become a statistic.

  • More than 9 million people in England drink more than the recommended daily limits
  • Alcohol is 10% of the UK burden of disease and death, making alcohol one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK, after smoking and obesity.
  • Alcohol is 61% more affordable than it was in 1980
  • Approximately 750,000 Britons (23% of active drug takers) take drugs every day, but the majority of active drug users (55%) are infrequent users, taking them on average less than once a month
  • 34% of men and 28% of women drank more than recommended (4 units for men, 3 units for women) on at least one day in the last week. Excluding those who didn’t drink at all in the last week, the figure rises to 52% of men and 53% of women
  • Those in employment (especially in office professions) are more likely to drink during the week and also to a greater extent than those who are unemployed

Call us on 01302 365036 if you need information about Drug and Alcohol testing for your business or organisation. Workplace Drug Testing available in Doncaster, Barnsley, Sheffield and throughout South Yorkshire