UK report finds 14.2 million people living in poverty more likely to smoke and have disabilities
Middle-class people consume more alcohol and illegal drugs than those living below the poverty line, according to a report by a cross-party group of academics and campaigners.
The report, compiled by the Social Metrics Commission, compares the circumstances of those living above and below the poverty line. It found two-thirds (66%) of those who are comparatively better off have drunk to excess in the last year, compared to just 58% of the most deprived. It also found that 22% had taken illegal drugs, 9% higher than less well-off people.