Alcohol: Britain’s Most Dangerous Drug

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Published on 9th May 2017 by

The seventh and last episode of BBC Three’s 2016 series Drugs Map of Britain which explores numerous drug problems in the UK at a localised level. This episode explores the problems caused by alcohol consumption in London, both alcoholism and binge drinking. Featuring are Garry who has been alcohol dependent for a long time and needs to beat his alcoholism if he wants to live, Nathaniel a 25 year old who capitalises the cities huge demand for alcohol with a 24 hour alcohol delivery service, and some volunteers who give up their time to help people who have had too much to drink.

Alcohol kills around 33000 people per year in the United Kingdom compared with 1700 deaths caused by illegal narcotics, the country has one of the biggest alcohol problems in the world and around 12% of British people have an alcohol disorder. Part of the problem is the low cost of alcohol in the country, which according to the charity Alcohol Concern was “61% more affordable” in 2013 than it was in 1980, they advocate that a minimum price per unit of alcohol is written into national law.

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