This country is now the “addictions capital of Europe”, according to the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ).
There are 1.5 million alcoholics in the UK and a million in recovery. Half of all adults binge drink regularly and more than 9 million people in England alone regularly drink more than the recommended daily limits. (Alcohol Concern).
It is also estimated that about 11.2 million people aged 16 to 59 in England and Wales have taken an illicit drug at some point in their lifetime with about 2.7 million people having taken drugs in the last year. (UK Focal Point on Drugs)
Around 12 million people in the UK suffer from compulsive overeating to some extent (National Centre for Eating Disorders)
In the UK, around 350,000 people suffer from a gambling addiction. It is easier than ever before to gamble (Gambling Addiction)
There are about 10 million adults who smoke: 22% of men and 17% of women. (ASH)