Fewer drugs more alcohol

New figures published today by the Greater London Alcohol and Drug Alliance (GLADA) show fewer young Londoners are using drugs, particularly cocaine. The report also reveals that while both drug use and alcohol consumption by young people is lower in London than the rest of the UK, the number of 11 – 18 years admitted to hospital for alcohol related illnesses has increased.

Clearly the fall in drug use is good news but young Londoners still drink far too much for their own good. I’m off to chair the Health and Public Services Committee this morning to look further into this very issue.

Key facts from the report show:

– The proportion of young Londoners between 16 and 24 who reported using any drug in the last year decreased significantly between 2005/06 and 2007/08 – from 20.3 to 17.8 per cent.

– Proportion of young Londoners who reported using cocaine powder is down from 7.1 per cent in 2005/06 to 4.7 in 2007/08

– In London, alcohol-related hospital admissions for 11-18 year olds have increased from 1,171 in 2002/03 to 1,769 in 2006/07. This is a 51 per cent increase over this five-year period. Across England as a whole there was a 39 per cent increase over this same period.

– The estimated numbers of problem drug users (those who use cocaine / drug use has taken over their lives) in this age group dropped by approximately 2,300, from 14,068 in 2004/05 to 11,750 in 2005/06.

14 responses to “Fewer drugs more alcohol

  1. JamesThis looks like some good news and some bad news.However, the National Treatment Agency (NTA) who are the quango charged with dishing out huge amounts of money to tackle drugs and alcohol misuse still only class Crack and Heroin addicts as ‘problematic’, and they don’t fund treatment for people addicted to powdered cocaine, skunk, LSD, and any other cocktail of the above. That is crazy – it needs changing.We have a bizarre system of failure in treatment, where success is not defined, I have asked numerous ‘so called’ professionals what ‘success’ looks like and have never got a coherant or credible answer; plus every answer was different.Most people in treatment don’t come off drugs, at best they might go onto a legal sustitutes like methadone – hardly success in my book.We still have far too many people in prison who are on drugs and are not getting treatment, in fact many people go into prison as ocasional drug users and come out as brain addled junkies. Zero tolerance of drugs use in prisons needs to be enforced. The bottom line is this. We need a blitzkrieg on drug pushers and importers. No softly softly approach, they need to be rounded up, convicted, and have the keys to their cells thrown away! Then we need to increase the people in treatment, and success should only be when people are free from drugs, both illegal and the substitutes. Finally we need a zero tolerance approach to all illegal drug use.Drugs ruin people’s lives, and they damage families.People on drugs need help, as it stands we are failing miserably.

  2. JamesThis looks like some good news and some bad news.However, the National Treatment Agency (NTA) who are the quango charged with dishing out huge amounts of money to tackle drugs and alcohol misuse still only class Crack and Heroin addicts as ‘problematic’, and they don’t fund treatment for people addicted to powdered cocaine, skunk, LSD, and any other cocktail of the above. That is crazy – it needs changing.We have a bizarre system of failure in treatment, where success is not defined, I have asked numerous ‘so called’ professionals what ‘success’ looks like and have never got a coherant or credible answer; plus every answer was different.Most people in treatment don’t come off drugs, at best they might go onto a legal sustitutes like methadone – hardly success in my book.We still have far too many people in prison who are on drugs and are not getting treatment, in fact many people go into prison as ocasional drug users and come out as brain addled junkies. Zero tolerance of drugs use in prisons needs to be enforced. The bottom line is this. We need a blitzkrieg on drug pushers and importers. No softly softly approach, they need to be rounded up, convicted, and have the keys to their cells thrown away! Then we need to increase the people in treatment, and success should only be when people are free from drugs, both illegal and the substitutes. Finally we need a zero tolerance approach to all illegal drug use.Drugs ruin people’s lives, and they damage families.People on drugs need help, as it stands we are failing miserably.

  3. Well written article ! However, lets not forget the continual never ending, increasing Health Afflictions, that all alcohol contains. The 5 most current ones are: Grand-Mal Seizures, Rapidly Progressive Blindness, Rapidly Corroding Livers, Rapidly Progressive Deafness, and of course the old time favourite, Heart Attacks. All come with no warning, and have no cures either !We’ve somehow got to force our Governments into passing legislation for mandatory health warning labels ASAP ! Our youth are unfortunately following right in our grimy slimy footprints !Again, I’ll ask the question, who’s going to take over all our many professions, when we’ve been dumped in Nursing Homes, if our youth have all destroyed their own health ???May God have mercy on us all !

  4. Well written article ! However, lets not forget the continual never ending, increasing Health Afflictions, that all alcohol contains. The 5 most current ones are: Grand-Mal Seizures, Rapidly Progressive Blindness, Rapidly Corroding Livers, Rapidly Progressive Deafness, and of course the old time favourite, Heart Attacks. All come with no warning, and have no cures either !We’ve somehow got to force our Governments into passing legislation for mandatory health warning labels ASAP ! Our youth are unfortunately following right in our grimy slimy footprints !Again, I’ll ask the question, who’s going to take over all our many professions, when we’ve been dumped in Nursing Homes, if our youth have all destroyed their own health ???May God have mercy on us all !

  5. <>“Again, I’ll ask the question, who’s going to take over all our many professions, when we’ve been dumped in Nursing Homes, if our youth have all destroyed their own health ???”<>Yes, the numbers are increasing but they’re not that alarming. Plus the every day advance in science and medicine will probably be able to cope with illnesses like the ones you mentioned. Nevertheless, I absolutely agree that more needs to be done in this area and more attention is needed all around the world by governments to prevent the increase in alcohol usage. Take care, Elli

  6. <>“Again, I’ll ask the question, who’s going to take over all our many professions, when we’ve been dumped in Nursing Homes, if our youth have all destroyed their own health ???”<>Yes, the numbers are increasing but they’re not that alarming. Plus the every day advance in science and medicine will probably be able to cope with illnesses like the ones you mentioned. Nevertheless, I absolutely agree that more needs to be done in this area and more attention is needed all around the world by governments to prevent the increase in alcohol usage. Take care, Elli

  7. <>“Again, I’ll ask the question, who’s going to take over all our many professions, when we’ve been dumped in Nursing Homes, if our youth have all destroyed their own health ???”<>Sober, hard-working, immigrants. Just like they do today in most of Britain’s nursing homes.

  8. <>“Again, I’ll ask the question, who’s going to take over all our many professions, when we’ve been dumped in Nursing Homes, if our youth have all destroyed their own health ???”<>Sober, hard-working, immigrants. Just like they do today in most of Britain’s nursing homes.

  9. James,Don’t you think that more facilities for teenagers and a ban on sales of playing fields might be a good place to start addressing this issue

  10. James,Don’t you think that more facilities for teenagers and a ban on sales of playing fields might be a good place to start addressing this issue

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