One in 10 UK men have paid for sex

Single UK men aged 25 to 34 and those with high numbers of unpaid sexual partners are most likely to pay for sex, according to the results of a large study.

Many report other hedonistic and risky behaviours including heavy drinking and drug taking.

Almost 4% of the 6,108 men surveyed admitted going to prostitutes in the past five years.

The male respondents - aged 16-74 - answered questions about paying for sex in a computer-assisted self-interview.

Men who paid for sex reported an average of 31.6 lifetime sexual partners - more than twice the average for the male population.

Among men who reported ever