ALCOHOLISM is the main addiction among residents of a Costa del Sol town according to data provided by the Alternative 2 Centre.
A study of 679 patients receiving treatment at the Fuengirola facility has revealed that more than a third (36.23 per cent) have a booze dependency.
Cocaine accounts for 25.18 per cent of addiction problems, opiates 17.38 per cent, cannabis 16.79, with the remaining experiencing behavioural or hypnotic issues or an addition to sedatives.
The centre, which was launched in 1985 and is based in Calle Palangre, confirmed that when it comes to readmissions, alcohol is the biggest culprit, accounting for 36.76 per cent of those who return after an initial period of treatment.
Cannabis users represent 24.86 per cent of readmissions, followed by cocaine (28.65) and opiates (5.95).
A centre spokesperson said that while alcohol and cocaine association is repeated with greater frequency, the consumption of cannabis is present in most cases, though generally is not perceived as problematic.
The data shows that 20.38 per cent of those in treatment are women.
Compared with other centres within the network, 16.45 per cent of those registered in the Malaga region are females, and in the Andalucia community, the figure stands at 16.67 per cent.