Substance misuse: statistics

Key statistics around substance misuse and mental health

  • 16.6% of adults in England report drinking to hazardous levels, while 1.2% report levels which indicate probable dependence on alcohol.1
     
  • 3.1% of adults in England show signs of drug dependence and men (4.3%) are more likely to be dependent on illegal drugs than women (1.9%).2
     
  • Half of people with drug dependence were receiving mental health treatment in 2014 and adults with drug dependence are twice as likely as the general population to be using psychological therapy.3
     

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References

  1. Drummond, C., McBride, O., Fear, N., & Fuller, E. (2016). Chapter 10: Alcohol dependence. In S. McManus, P. Bebbington, R. Jenkins, & T. Brugha (Eds.), Mental health and wellbeing in England: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014. Leeds: NHS Digital.
  2. Roberts, C., Lepps, H., Strang, J., & Singleton, N. (2016). Chapter 11: Drug use and dependence. In S. McManus, P. Bebbington, R. Jenkins, & T. Brugha (Eds.), Mental health and wellbeing in England: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014. Leeds: NHS Digital.
  3. Ibid.