Alcohol Concern recently published some interesting new research into the attitudes and drinking behaviour of the General Public in the UK. Port of Call shares some of the key findings here, some of which make for surprising reading.
As part of new research, entitled ‘The Way We Drink Now’, Alcohol Concern surveyed 1,250 men and women aged 18 and over from all over the UK took part in a 20 minute online survey to gauge their attitudes and behaviours towards alcohol.
The findings of the poll, carried out by independent healthcare market research agency, Adelphi Research UK, in November 2014 makes for interesting reading.
Port of Call founder, Martin Preston, said: “Whilst it might not come as a big surprise that more than half of potentially dependent alcohol drinkers are in denial. Nor that they are three times more at risk of being admitted to A&E. These types of findings reinforce the negative spiral we know can arise from problem drinking.
“What does come as a surprise perhaps is that women are rapidly gaining on men when it comes to heavy drinking and that, if current rates continue, it might not be long before there is a 50/50 gender split. Not so long ago, that would have been unheard of.
“The other unexpected finding is that people with possible alcohol dependence are more likely to be from a higher social class and degree educated. This flies in the face of normal rationale and perhaps points towards the hard drinking habits associated with high-flying careers, such as medicine, law and finance.
“Clearly there is a problem with the way we drink in the UK. Many potential heavy drinkers seem to be worried about their general health but are ultimately reluctant to change their relationship with alcohol. Hopefully we can arrest these worrying trends by the time the next survey comes around.”
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Martin is our Founder and Chief Executive. Martin is himself in long term recovery and started Port of Call to help families navigate treatment options. In 2020 Martin will open Delamere Health Ltd, the UK’s first purpose built addiction treatment clinic.
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