Friday, 25. April 2014
19. 04. 13. - 12:00
Five percent of all Austrians – 350,000 people above the age of 16 – are addicted to alcohol. According to a current survey of the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), this meant direct medical costs of around 375 million Euros in 2011.
Indirect costs of chronic diseases like early retirement, absence from work etc. are believed to be even more, Thomas Czypionka, author of the survey, stated in a press conference in Vienna yesterday (Thurs).
"We can take from epidemiological studies that a quarter of men and every tenth woman are above the harmful limit (…) This is especially significant with middle-aged people. In the course of their life, ten percent of Austrians become addicted to alcohol. Five percent are (currently) addicted", Mr Czypionka said.
There are 350,000 affected people, which shows that this form of addiction is ten times more serious than drug consumption. The expert emphasises that illegal drug consumption is the problem of a relatively small group.
In contrast, alcohol with a limit of 40 grams per day for women and 60 grams per day for men (20 grams of alcohol is like half a litre of beer or quarter of a litre of wine) affects a wider group of people.
The IHS survey team wants to calculate the indirect costs of alcohol addiction until summer. Mr Czypionka said that prevention and more offers of treatment for people with mental problems, which can lead to alcohol addiction, would be necessary.
Austria is in third place in the OECD ranking of alcohol consumption (after France and Portugal). Austrians consume 12 litres of pure alcohol per capita per year. Seven percent of car accidents and ten percent of casualties in these accidents are caused by alcohol.
First hybrid buses in Vienna
Wiener Linien is adding it's first hybrid buses to its public transport operation in the next fortnight, in addition to the twelve electric buses introduced into the city centre.
Businesses look to boost trade with Pakistan
Austrian businessmen are increasingly looking to Pakistan as an attractive place to do business, according to an Austrian representative speaking in the Pakistani city of Karachi yesterday.
Playful panda bear cubs at Schoenbrunn Zoo
The latest additions to the panda enclosure at Schoenbrunn Zoo have been enjoying getting to know their toys.
Michael Glawogger dies whilst filming in Africa
The Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger has died whilst filming his latest documentary in Africa. He was 54-years-old.
Deal struck with America Movil over Telekom Austrian ownership
Telecom Austria will receive a 1 billion EUR boost in capital after the Austrian state agreed a deal yesterday with Mexican telecoms company America Movil to combine their shares in a co-ownership agreement.
What is on at Burg Kino this week? (25 April - 1 May)
This week at the Burg Kino on the Opernring the following films are showing:
Faymann warns against further Russia sanctions
Chancellor Werner Faymann has spoken out in support of moving away from additional sanctions on Russia.
What is on at Haydn Kino this week? (24 April - 30 April)
The following films are on at the English language cinema Haydn Kino on Mariahilfestrasse between 24 April and 30 April:
Gazprom to explore expanding pipeline in Austria
Russia could soon begin constructing their South Stream gas pipeline in Austria after meetings were held this week with Gazprom.
Poacher in Vienna shoots five deer with bow and arrow
A poacher is suspected to have killed five animals in Vienna using a bow and arrow, a hunting weapon that is forbidden throughout Austria.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Austrian Teen Girls Become Pin Ups For Syrian Jihad|
|Angry business leaders say Austria is too expensive|
|Pink Easter bunny helps Vienna art world pay tribute to Dürer|
|Czech canoeist drowns in Austria|
|Austria to house a further 1000 Syrian refugees|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.