How prominent is drug & alcohol misuse in the UK?
Government statistics indicate that one in three men and one in five women drink over the recommended alcohol limit of three to four units per day for men and two to three units per day for women. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction estimates that somewhere between 2-2.5% of young adults are using cannabis on a daily or near-daily basis, and 35.8% of all adults between the age of 16 to 59 have tried an illegal drug at least once.
Recent research by the charity Drinkaware revealed that around 520,000 people go to work with a hangover each day in the UK, while the average person goes to work suffering from the effects of too much alcohol at least three times a month. They report that almost one in five people (around 17%) admit that they struggle to manage their workload and make mistakes as a result of being hungover. Up to 14 million working days are estimated to be lost each year in the UK due to alcohol or drug related sickness absence.