Britain a nation of scaredy-cats
Published 26/10/2011 | 00:16
Almost half of Britons are afraid of the dark, loud noises or confined spaces, while two out of five people believe ghosts exist, according to a new study.
Research among 2,000 adults showed many of those suffering phobias had problems sleeping and some had even been unable to go to work.
One in five of those questioned for the Thorpe Park theme park in Surrey said they believed in UFOs, while 13% feared that scientific testing would go against nature, with "disastrous" consequences.
The company said an unusually high number of visitors to the park "wimped out" of some rides, especially on its "fright nights", which run until the end of the month.
Thorpe Park has created an area for those who are too afraid to complete some of the rides, adding that St John Ambulance staff have had to treat some people who passed out.