WHO: Bulgarians Drink More Than Russians

In a year an average Bulgarian drinks 12.7 liters of pure alcohol. This shows the data from the current World Health Organization report on the impact of alcoholic beverages on health.

Bulgaria ranks in top 8 among the most alcohol-consuming countries in Europe, in the company of Moldova (15.2 liters), Lithuania (15 liters), Czech Republic (14.4 liters), Germany (13.4 liters), Ireland (13 liters), Luxembourg (13 liters), and Latvia (12.9 liters). Russians drink less than 12 liters a year. In Romania, Slovenia and France people also drink less than in Bulgaria.

According to the information, 43% of Bulgarians are mainly devoted to hard alcohol, 39% to beer, and only 17% - wine.

2.3% of Bulgarians have alcohol dependence and 6.9% suffer from alcohol-related illnesses. 33.4% of Bulgarians aged 15 and over, have experienced separate episodes of heavy drinking.

Worldwide, 3 million deaths result from the harmful use of alcohol every year, this represents 5.3% of all deaths. Alcohol consumption causes death and disability relatively early in life. In the age group 20–39 years, approximately 13.5 % of the total deaths are alcohol-attributable.

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The latest causal relationships have been established between harmful drinking and incidence of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis as well as the course of HIV/AIDS.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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