LifeSearch: Nearly half of Brits 'self-medicating' mental ill-health

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Adam Saville
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LifeSearch: Nearly half of Brits 'self-medicating' mental ill-health

More than 24 million people in the UK estimated to be using 'coping mechanisms'

A study by LifeSearch has found that 45% of over 16s in the UK are ‘self-medicating' their mental health issues, while six in 10 (60%) said they have done so in the past. One in five (21%) are using alcohol as well as over-the-counter and illegal drugs to cope; others use gambling (7%), sex (14%), food (22%) or spending and shopping (17%) to alleviate chronic mental health symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia or even depression. According to the study of 2005 adults carried as part of LifeSearch's...

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