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Alcohol and Drug News
In the UK, there have been several
recent (November 07) studies released that show an increasing
statistical trend in both drug and alcohol abuse affecting young
people and their safety. As a company, we regularly monitor
drug statistics - which we often write about in our
blog. The drug abuse statistics below are of
particular note, so we have developed a page on our main web site
specifically for them:
Statistics from Auto Trader:
One detailed survey of over 8000 young
motorists (aged from 17 to 24) carried out by Auto Trader, which is
a UK motoring magazine and website, showed a frightening trend
towards driving under the influence of either drugs, drink or both.
In today's drug abuse and binge
drinking culture amongst young adults and teenagers it is
unfortunately no surprise that the statistics are high. In
fact, as many as 17% of the young motorists surveyed admitted
regular use of Cannabis, more alarmingly 12% frequently use the
dangerous and addictive class A drug Cocaine, and 10% revealed
regular use of Ecstasy. However, the greater danger comes from
upwards of 10% admitting that they regularly drove their cars whilst
under the influence of drink or drugs.
When questioned about driving under
the influence of substances, over 40% felt fine to drive their
vehicles after using illegal drugs and 31% found it acceptable to
drive after consuming alcohol. A high proportion were unaware
of the actual legal limits for alcohol consumption when driving and
as a result 8% had already been involved in an accident while under
the influence, with a further 11% admitting a near miss.
Drug and alcohol abuse statistics in relation to road deaths.
Just over a third of deaths on UK
roads are now young people aged 25 or under, so this is without
doubt a serious problem. This equates to the death or serious injury
of a young motorist or passenger every hour on average across the
Teenage drug and
alcohol use statistics.
Other notable recent statistics
include the number of younger teenagers using drink or drugs. Last
year one in seven people admitted to Accident and Emergency
departments across the UK for alcohol related health issues were under 14 years old - a total of over
Many have blamed a surge in
advertising for alcohol between 3pm and 5pm, which corresponds to
when children have come home from school. Of course, the government
spend approximately £3.7 million annually on anti-drinking and
alcohol awareness campaigns, but this is dwarfed by the estimated
£200 million annual spend on advertising by the alcoholic drinks
Drug and alcohol abuse in teens is
becoming more of a problem each year as our culture changes. A
key statistic is that the average starting age of Heroin use in many
towns and cities in the UK is just 15 years of age - so we have an
obvious duty to prevent young people from getting inadvertently
caught up in addiction through misguided experimentation.
See also our article entitled
Scottish Drug Abuse Statistics.
What can parents do about these drug statistics?
Many parents don't know where to start
when considering how to tackle the problem. So what can be
done about this?
Well, many parents aren't aware that
home drug testing kits and
alcohol test kits are easily available and can be used to act as
a deterrent. They can also be used by teenagers as a valid reason
why they can't use illegal drugs when under peer pressure. Being
able to say "Sorry, I can't take drugs because I get tested at home"
really can make a significant difference.
The responsible use of home drug test
products (with open communication and co-operation) can play a
pivotal role in keeping younger people safe and can help to mend
damaged relationships and build trust. Some people wonder whether
testing removes trust from a relationship, but we believe that the
substance abuse has often already done that and home testing can be
used to rebuild trust.
So if you would like more
drug information, or to
purchase drug or alcohol test kits for use in the home, visit our
dedicated home drug test site
www.1st-home-drug-tests.com to buy drug tests online.
Alternatively, for employers we have a
page specifically for information on
random drug testing in the workplace on our
drug-aware web site.
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Drug-Aware, we pride ourselves on providing a comprehensive
solution when it comes to drug testing - we even offer
training in drug testing and drug awareness.
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