Heres Which Drugs And Sexually Transmitted Diseases Are Most Common In Europe

Ever wondered what Europeans get up to in their spare time? Well, the Health at a Glance: Europe 2016 report, compiled by the European Commission and The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development( OECD ), provides an interesting insight into the secret lives of the continents residents.

When it comes to illicit drugs, cannabis is the top selection for most Europeans, with 13 percentage of 15 to 34 -year-olds having smoked the herb in the past year. This figure is much higher in some countries, though, with 23.9 percentage of young adults in the Czech Republic getting stoned at some point last year.

Cocaine, meanwhile, is Europes most popular illicit stimulant, and was consumed by 1.9 percent of 15 to 34 -year-olds across the EU last year. In the UK, however, this figure rises to 4.2 percent, making Brits the continents biggest customers of the Andean powder.

Only 1.7 percentage of Europeans in this age scope utilized ecstasy or MDMA during this time period, although some countries did consider significantly higher rates, with 5.5 percent of young adults in the Netherlands taking the drug.

Legal medications are also very popular in Europe, with one in five adults in the EU smoking on a daily basis, and a similar proportion claiming to engage in heavy drinking at least once a month.

When it comes to sexually transmitted diseases, Brits are among the most riddled in Europe. Out of every 100,000 people in the country, 60 had gonorrhea in 2014, compared to an EU average of 20. HIV transmittings, however, were highest in Estonia, where 22.1 people per 100,000 contracted the illness in 2014. According to the report, the biggest cause of these infections was needle sharing among drug users, providing yet more evidence for the need for safe injection facilities and needle exchange programs.

The report also provides some statistics that give a measure of the overall health of Europeans. Life expectancy, for example, increased across the continent from 74.2 years in 1990 to 80.9 years in 2015, although more than one in six adults were found to be obese in 2014, up from one in nine in 2000.

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