A growing number of middle-aged men - holding down professional careers - are turning to muscle-building anabolic steroids to make them look and feel more youthful.
There has been an unprecedented surge in the amount of steroids seized by the authorities, with figures in 2017 up an average of 300pc on the previous year.
While it is widely known a distorted body image can be a problem, particularly for younger women, there is now growing evidence that 'men of a certain age' are battling similar pressures.
They feel that not only must they shed any excess pounds but that they also have to appear fit and physically dynamic. In Ireland, as in other countries, this is being reflected in an alarming rise in obsessive weight training.
Men in their 40s and early 50s are a growing market for potentially lethal drugs, commonly used by bodybuilders.
Anabolic steroids are manufactured drugs that mimic the effects of the male hormone testosterone.
Source: Mark O'Regan, 31/12/17