Alcoholism

Alcoholism

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
daily intake
(% of population)
min. 1 per month
(% of population)
consumption in litres per capita
Estimated number of persons
drinking mines. 1 per week in thous.
Lithuania0,620,118,279
Romania3,834,913,72 114
Czech Republic9,514,913,7221
Bulgaria8,917,113,6152
Croatia9,110,913,676
Belgium14,227,513,2950
Estonia223,312,868
United Kingdom7,522,112,36 242
Poland1,817,412,31 064
Hungary7,38,312,3207
Slovakia3,112,812,376
Latvia1,419,212,318
Germany9,33311,47 511
Slovenia7,71911,368
Luxembourg9,634,511,162
Finland2,733,910,9600
Portugal24,210,210,6261
Austria6,218,710,6204
Ireland232,210,1613
Denmark11,337,410,1535
Cyprus4,25,29,36
Spain15,39,39,21 209
Sweden2,720,48,8405
Greece6,910,38,5153
Norway2,1447,8117
Italy14,16,67,6608
Malta7,419,27,531
Iceland0,625,77,57
Lithuania0,620,118,279

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).

- the statistical representative of this group is:
a) a man aged between 30 and 59,
b) less educated,
c) living in a relationship,
d) working or seeking work.

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, journalists21,5
doctors, veterinarians, dentists...12,6
engineers, architects, designers and related professionals10,7
representatives of the authorities and directors10,4
computer scientists and related professionals9,5
managers of various specialities7,5
financial specialists7,5
marketing specialists7,0
civil servants6,6
lawyers3,4

„Wszyscy moi pacjenci są uzależnieni od wszystkiego. Mieszane uzależnienia zdarzają się w 95 proc. To są różne środki, narkotyki, leki, niekoniecznie musi być to związane z samym alkoholem.”