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The toll alcohol abuse is taking on Britain’s young professionals

So it seems we’re working up the age demographic in this series of posts!  This was a poll result report in The Mirror in April looking at alcohol abuse amongst young professionals in the 18-24 age group.

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One in five young professional Brits admit they have a drinking problem.

The research found that more men in this category said they believed they had issues with alcohol (28%), while for both men and women it was 21%.

On average 7% of all adults questioned admitted to having a drinking problem, but more than one in 10 (13%) 25 to 34-year-olds said they did.

The poll of 4,000 UK adults also found a third (35%) of 18 to 24-year-olds said they had got so drunk they could not remember most of their night out, with one in five (18%) admitting they have not been able to recall how they got home.

One in 20 (5%) admitted to driving themselves home drunk and one in ten (9%) have got in a car with someone who they knew was intoxicated, while more than one in 10 (16%) of 25 to 34-year-olds said they have woken up in a stranger’s house.

Nearly half (47%) of young professionals said they thought it was acceptable to regularly get drunk on a night out compared to 21% of the population on average.

Meanwhile nearly a quarter (23%) of those aged 35 to 54 said they drink alone at home, with many saying they do it to relieve stress or relax.

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The survey also found that more than half of those questioned (53%) believe the NHS should refrain from treating people who continue to abuse alcohol after warnings about their health.

James Endersby, managing director of Opinium Research, which commissioned the poll, said it was “clear that many, particularly the young and those in professional jobs, drink regularly and in excess; and as our study shows, often with dangerous repercussions that impacts their health, well-being, security and friendships in many cases.

“Guidelines say that the key is moderation; everyone should have the freedom to treat themselves to a drink but it is important that we don’t ignore the health implications of having a good time.”

Alistair Bohm, of drug and alcohol treatment charity Addaction, said: “Problems with alcohol use can affect people of any age, from any background.  As these statistics show, it’s not just people who are addicted to alcohol who are damaging their health or risking their safety as a result of drinking.  If a person is worried about their drinking, the best thing to do is speak to their doctor, or find their nearest addiction services.”

Young professionals are defined as 18 to 34-year-olds who are either in managerial or professional positions.

So although this was a report about young professionals other age groups were also canvased.  So it was more a general study than initially first headlined!  Irrespective of that fact, the stats were still pretty grim – but not news around these parts …..