Hard-pressed Brits in their 20's are resorting to desperate and tawdry measures to make ends meet, including selling their hair, lapdancing and skipping meals.
More than 2,000 young adults, including graduates, students and unemployed drop-outs, were questioned in an poll by the Institute of Commercial Management.
Nearly a quarter (22%) said they knew of someone who had gone without food because they could not afford three meals a day, the 'Daily Express' reported.
As many as 3% said they knew someone who had sold their hair. Some 10% had heard of someone who had got sucked into drug dealing to make extra money.
Eight per cent said they knew another young person who had worked in the sex industry.
A further 4% said they knew someone who had faked an insurance claim.
"With wages falling, unemployment rising and state benefits increasingly unavailable, it is small wonder that some are taking desperate measures,"said director Michael Taggart MRM, for which the survey was carried.