Alarming rise in alcohol consumption among Czechs

The National Drug Policy Coordinator has called for an increase in alcohol prices, a VAT increase and more money for prevention, claiming these measures contribute to reducing alcohol abuse in the majority of developed countries.

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Why this story matters:

According to the latest research measuring alcohol consumption in the OECD countries, Czechs share second place with the French in alcohol consumption levels. They consumed an average of 11.7 litres of pure alcohol per person in 2017. Czech National Drug Policy Coordinator Jindrich Voboril says the government has not tackled the problem seriously.

In some EU member states, alcohol consumption has declined over the years while in others it has grown, namely Lithuania which is ranked first on the OECD list. Levels of alcohol consumption in the Czech Republic have been above the OECD average for years. 

The reason for this increase in is primarily due to a boom in drinking amongst adolescents.

The proportion of 15-year-olds who have tried alcohol increased from almost 70% in 2002 to 94% in 2010. Czechia ranks the highest among the countries studied by the OECD, a spectacular rise from their eighth rank in 2013.

Details from the story:

  • Almost 20% of Czechs, one and a half million people are on the way to becoming alcoholics.
  • 6,500 people die every year from excessive alcohol use.
  • In 2013, Czech ranked eighth on the OECD list after Estonians, Austrians, Germans and Russians.
  • Russians drank the most in 1994 with an average of 23.5 litres of pure alcohol per capita, but since 2003 the consumption of alcohol has decreased considerably.
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