Alcohol Used to Mask Mental Health Issues

We asked the nation: On a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 means you do not agree at all and 5 means you very much agree, rate the following:

I am likely to turn to alcohol to cope with low mood, anxiety, stress or depression. The results shocked us!

. Only 49% of the population strongly disagree that they use alcohol to help low mood / stress/ depression.

. On average 8% admit strongly (5) that they do use alcohol to deal with these mental wellbeing issues.

. 34% of the population scored 3 and above, agreeing that they use alcohol for this purpose. Broken down, this relates to 37% of men and 30% of women admitting that they are likely to turn to alcohol to cope with low mood, anxiety or depression.

. Shockingly it is not the youngsters turning to drink but the older generation, with 10% of 45-54 year olds and 10% of the over 65s strongly agreeing (5) that they self-medicate low mood, etc with alcohol.

. 14% of Londoners scored 5. Northern Ireland came in just behind London with 13%. In contrast only 3% of those in East Midlands rated 5.

. In total 39% of Londoners and a staggering 47% in Northern Ireland scored 3 or higher.

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