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In news that will shock literally no one who has ever met anyone from the home counties, a UK report has found that the posher you are, the more drugs you take.
Social Metrics Commission compared the habits of those living above and below the poverty line. It found that as well as being nine per cent more likely to have taken illegal drugs, middle class people are also heavier drinkers. Two thirds of the middle class respondents had drunk to excess in the last year versus 58 per cent of the poorer group.
It goes without saying that if you’re hard up for cash to pay your rent or bills, you’re probably more unlikely to live to excess. The study doesn't distinguish much between middle class, and those who are even richer, but given the trend in the results, drug usage would probably increase. Perhaps the government would do well to back higher taxes on bottomless brunches in Clapham, or teach cocaine awareness courses in private schools.
In July, London’s mayor Sadiq Khan connected coke usage at “middle class parties” to rising violence in the city. “There is a definite link, which has been shown to me by the police, of drugs and criminal gangs and knife crime and crime going up,” he said on LBC. “There are some Londoners who think it is a victimless crime, taking cocaine at ‘middle-class parties’. We need to make sure Londoners realise there is no such thing as a victimless crime.”
Along with this condemnation, other politicians said that middle class people who take cocaine should “feel a degree of guilt and responsibility” when they see stories of stabbed teens in Hackney, east London.
While there is certainly connections to be made there, the government should also feel a tremendous amount of shame for how a lack of decent wages and increasing hardship makes a life of drug dealing appealing to hard-up working class people, and of course middle class students looking to earn quick cash.
Well, if anything the results may go some way to counter the images of drug-related crimes being exclusive to working class, and minority, communities.