Key Quotes for 2006

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Last update: Wednesday 25th March
A BBC survey into Brits' views on evolution has found that while 48 per cent of people opted for evolution as that which "best described their view of the origin and development of life", 22 per cent opted for creationism and 17 per cent for for intelligent design. The remainder of the pollees "did not know".

Odd FactsHorizon: A War on Science BBC Two -26th January 2006
24 million anti-depressant prescription items are issued each year and by the way - our society is a TRILLION pounds in debt.

HealthSocial Trends, Office for National Statistics and Bank of England
380,000 people are living on the street, if brought together - the figure would be bigger than the population of Cardiff (The Capital of Wales).

HousingCrisis - Britain’s Invisible City Report
At peak times 8 out of 10 admissions to the Emergency Room are a result of drinking costing the UK £12 billion a year.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsAlcohol Concern & Prime Ministers Strategy Unit
Sex scenes on British television have increased 300% in the last five years.

SexITC and BBC / Media Watch UK
British Telecom blocks 20,000 attempts per day of people trying to watch pornographic acts with children on the internet.
CrimeBT Retail & BBC Today Programme
Regular annual drug users: 5 million use cannabis / 3.4 million ecstasy / 2 million amphetamines & cocaine.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsObserver/ICM Poll
60 million acts of crime happen in the UK each year.
Each year 140,000 people in the UK attempt suicide and 4,000 children every day call childline.

HealthCommunity Care & Childline
Over the last 35 years - an average of one abortion every three minutes has been carried out legally in the UK 80% funded by the our National Health Service.
HealthGovernment Statistical Service
The UK has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe.
HealthSocial Trends 33, Office of National Statistics
41% of all Children Born in the UK are to unmarried couples.
FamilySocial Trends 34, Office of National Statistics
100,000 Children a year run away from Broken Homes.
FamilyThe Children’s Society
Compound Flavanol, which is found in cocoa and the main ingredient in chocolate, may help prevent cancer and heart disease, research by Professor Norman Hollenberg, from Harvard Medical School in the U.S., has found.
HealthThe Sentinel - February 10th 2006
Binge drinking is blighting the UK with an alarming rise in alcohol-related problems, George Best's surgeon says. Professor Roger Williams said price rises and better labelling on bottles would help tackle the problem.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel - February 10th 2006
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