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.”