London life can be hectic, people have very stressful weeks and this leads to them needing a big blow out at the weekend. Some people do this by going on a regular night out and having a few drinks, but a large amount turn to drugs for their release at the weekend.
2007 was the last time a large drug survey was undertaken in London and it showed that drug use in London is higher than in the rest of the country. 11% of Londoners admitted using drugs in the 12 months prior to the survey, and this is 0.7% more than in any other region of the UK.
Class A drugs were where the big differences arose, with 5.2% of respondents using these in London compared to the 3.4% in the rest of the country.
For numbers of people checking into a drug rehab clinic London was highest again with 29,131 going into treatment over that year. This is when drug use goes from being recreational to being a major addiction. This is when it starts to affect their lives and their families.
But why does this happen more in London than elsewhere? Well it is most likely down to two reasons, the first is the pressures of life in London. People work long hours, sometimes 12-16 hour days are the norm to meet the deadlines of the big business that happens in London. They see their weekends as being the time for fun in a “work hard, play hard” mentality, and the drugs take away their stresses and take their mind off the crazy weeks.
The other reason is simply the prevalence of the nightlife in the city. There are clubs and bars everywhere and this is where the majority of the drug use goes on, and much of it is recreational however the more use there is, the more chance of it becoming an addiction problem.