According to WHO, in 2010 on average, there were 6.2 litres of pure alcohol consumed per person over 14 years of age per year.
Poland belongs to the group of countries with the highest average consumption - per 1 adult inhabitant there are about 12.5 l of pure alcohol.
Similar and higher consumption is observed in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, including Russia.
In the countries of Western Europe, per capita consumption is slightly lower and amounts to 10-12 litres, while Scandinavians and Italians drink relatively less in Europe.
The scale of the problem in the world:
Alcoholism: 240 million people (4.9% of the adult population)
Based on Eurostat data, we estimate the population of alcohol abusers in the European Union at 27.8 million people.
|2014||consumption in litres per capita|
|United Kingdom||7,5||22,1||12,3||6 242|
People who drink alcohol up to 4 days a week are ok. 4.7 million (12% of the population), the statistical representative of this group is:
- person aged 20-59 (both genders),
- having at least an intermediate level of education,
- living in a relationship and working.
The Central Statistical Office (GUS) estimates the population of Poles who drink alcohol 5 days a week or more often than 820,000 (2% of the population).
Number of days of drinking in a regular week (in percentage of people drinking alcohol at least once a week)
It's a myth that alcohol abuse is a problem that only concerns people from social margins.
According to the Social Diagnosis of 2015, thera are many white collars professionals who abuse alcohol.
|current occupation (selected categories)||% abusing alcohol|
|authors, artists, writers, journalists||21,5|
|doctors, veterinarians, dentists...||12,6|
|engineers, architects, designers and related professionals||10,7|
|representatives of the authorities and directors||10,4|
|computer scientists and related professionals||9,5|
|managers of various specialities||7,5|