Interesting new drug facts (May 2017)

Andrew Brown's latest round-up of key drug & alcohol facts and figures looks at attitudes to drinking and the rapid growth in anabolic steroid injectors.

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Attitudes to alcohol

This is the latest post in a monthly series reproducing Andrew Brown’s monthly slideshare of interesting new facts about alcohol and other drugs which he has unearthed from a wide range of reports.

Andrew works for MEAM/Making Every Adult Matter, the coalition of three national charities (Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind) who champion the cause of people experiencing multiple needs and who have been kind enough to allow Andrew’s monthly slideshares to be re-published here.

This month’s slides focus particularly on attitudes to alcohol and the latest stats on injecting drug use in Scotland.

Here are some of the things I learnt from Andrew’s round-up this month:

  • The number of children who live with opiate users (slide 3)
  • That more pregnant women (29%) in the UK drink alcohol than any other European country (slide 5)
  • That 31% of non-drinkers in the UK say they are teetotal because they’ve been hurt by someone else’s drinking (slide 7)
  • The majority of needle & syringe programme users in Cheshire & Merseyside are anabolic steroid users (slide 10)

You can follow Andrew on Twitter @andrewbrown365

Blog posts in the drug and alcohol category are kindly sponsored by Breaking Free Group which has developed a powerful and adaptable digital health platform which targets the underlying psychological and lifestyle factors that drive addictive behaviours. Breaking Free has no editorial influence on the contents of this site.

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