At the sharpest end of the statistics, 1 in 5 men die before the age of 65 and 75% of all suicides are male.To mark Men’s Health Week 2019, we want to raise awareness about men and addiction. Men are still at much greater risk of substance addiction and gambling disorder than women. When it comes to eating disorders, although boys and men rarely die from an eating disorder, hospitalisations are increasingly common.
If you recognise yourself or a man you love in these numbers we’re sharing, please understand that specialist help is available, whenever you are ready. UKAT offer confidential assessments and treatment for all forms of addiction, including if you have a co-occurring mental illness. Please contact us if you want to recover from addiction. Family members are most welcome to call too.
Overall, men are riskier drinkers than women. Men are hospitalised more because of alcohol and they’re almost twice as likely as women to die from alcohol-related causes.
Public Health England figures on alcohol-only treatment show that:
60% of people who received alcohol treatment in 2017-18 were men.
According to some data, men use more drugs than women. They also get addicted, hospitalised and die more because of drug use compared to females.
NHS England statistics on drug misuse from November 2018 show that:
In April 2019, the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) was cut from £100 to £2. Dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’, FOBT users are the most likely to become problem gamblers. Men under the age of 35 are the most likely to use FOBTs.
According to the eating disorder charity BEAT, there are 1.25 million people in the UK with an eating disorder – of these, 25% are men (312,500 people).
In 2017, a Guardian analysis of NHS data showed that hospital admissions for men with eating disorders had increased by 70% in 6 years.
Around 10% of male gym users have muscle dysmorphia, an anxiety disorder where people feel they are insufficiently muscular. Research consistently shows that men with muscle dysmorphia (also known as ‘bigorexia’) are more likely to have disordered eating habits.
Amongst boys, there are twice as many hospital admissions for eating disorders as there were seven years ago – rising from 235 to 466. Concerns about muscularity and pressure from social media are reasons given for this rise.
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