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Stress pushes more UK citizens to drink

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that many in the UK have turned to drink during these very difficult economic times. The data shows that around one third of people regularly exceed their daily sensible drinking limit with one in five men and one in seven women over 65 drinking every day, compared to just 1% of those between 16 and 24 years of age. While men are still twice as likely to die from drink related illnesses than women there has been an increase in drink related conditions on both sides.

While there are many other reasons why drink is now more commonplace across the UK there is no doubt that the ongoing recession has placed more pressure and more stress on many families. The ease with which drink is accessible, via supermarkets and off-licences, often at rock bottom prices is also another factor which has been recognised by the authorities.

This report by the Office for National Statistics adds further weight to the Scottish government's push to introduce minimum alcohol pricing, something which has split the nation. Even though many people argue that their rights are being taken away by introducing minimum alcohol pricing there is no doubt that over the last decade drink related illnesses have increased significantly.

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