Body-conscious younger men influenced by social media and reality TV shows such as Love Island have fuelled a fourfold rise in steroid use.
The proportion of people aged 16 to 24 using anabolic steroids increased from 0.1 per cent to 0.4 per cent between 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Experts have put the alarming rise in the performance enhancing drugs down to young men seeking the ripped ‘Love Island look’.
Steroid use has quadrupled as young men try to get the muscular ‘Love Island’ look (there is no suggestion any Love Island contestants used steroids)
Experts said young people were increasingly influenced by social media and reality TV shows (pictured: Love Island contests Montana and Alex)
Steroid use can cause major health problems including liver malfunction, heart problems and skin infections.
They also increase the risk of baldness, developing prostate cancer, severe acne and stomach pain.
They can cause psychological disturbances too, such as dependence, depression and body-image disorders.
ARE ANABOLIC STEROIDS LEGAL?
Anabolic steroids are class C drugs, which can only be sold by pharmacists with a prescription.
It’s not illegal to possess anabolic steroids for personal use.
They can also be imported or exported, as long as this is carried out in person.
This means they can’t be posted or delivered by a courier or freight service.
However, it’s illegal to possess, import or export anabolic steroids if it’s believed you’re supplying or selling them.
This includes giving them to friends. The penalty is an unlimited fine, or even a prison sentence.
In professional sport, most organisations ban anabolic steroid use and test competitors for banned steroids.
Source: NHS Choices
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