"Almost a third of all drug overdoses in Europe happened in the UK. Also, Britain has the highest proportion of heroin addicts in the EU – 8 in every 1,000 people. And the UK drug mortality rate is three times the EU average, at 60.3 deaths per million people."
From an otherwise dull article in The Canary.
I'm not exactly sure what the implications of the above are but I find these sorts of statistics that seem to highlight big underlying differences between UK society and the society of our neighbours in Europe fascinating. Another example is the low birth rate in Germany and some other parts of Europe compared to the UK, which I've mentioned before.
What on earth is going on? On the face of it, it seems British people or at least a sector of the population appear to be unthinking animals. I'm sure its not as simple as that though. I'm sure there's a good chance the stats in the Canary have been Cherry picked too.
My question is really about the calibre, cohesion and wellbeing of our society in general though. There was a load of talk after the recent terror attacks and Grenfell about communities pulling together and the response proving that society at large isn't sick, it's just our leaders. Does anyone really believe that? Stats like the above suggest otherwise. Any insights into where we really are as a British community and if things really are as bad as they seem how we got to where we got to, while our neighbours didn't? Is anyone actually proud of where we are?