ADDICTION IS A MEN’S ISSUE

Men are more likely than women to have an alcohol, drug or gambling problem:

  • Men are four times more likely to be dependent on alcohol
  • Men are three times more likely to be dependent on cannabis
  • Men are 5 times more likely to be problem gamblers

Other addictions affecting men include workaholism and sex addiction.

Men’s great vulnerability to addiction is a mental health issue which is exacerbated by a systemic failure to prioritize and focus on men’s mental health needs.

As Paul Farmer, the CEO of Mental Health charity Mind said in 2009:

“it’s really important that it’s as easy as possible for men to find the help they need. It is a major health inequality that a mental health strategy exists for women but not men. There is an urgent need for the Government to address this.”

SOURCES: Mind, The Mental Health Foundation; The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001; Gamcare (Psychology of Women Conference, July 2010)

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