Austrian Times RSS FeedsLike the Austrian Times Facebook page!Follow us on Twitter!


Events for November
M T W T F S S
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Add your event FREE

Today

Videos


BurgKino

Pub Quiz everyTuesday at Johnny's Pub

Popular in Austria


Cosmo&Nanu

350,000 Austrians are alcoholics

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.

Austrian Times


Are you on Facebook? Like the Austrian Times on Facebook and win great prizes!


Cosmo and Nanu
ORF Watch

Tag cloud:
Studies  wine  accidents  problem  affects  alcohol  contrast  survey  grams  wider  Indirect  consumption  quarter  drug  beer  Czypionka  percent  addiction  ndash  limit

Latest News

 

Halloween At The Zoo
Pumpkin pie might be the order of the day for people this Halloween but now zoo animals are also getting in on the act.

Baby Naked Mole Rats Born In Vienna
With their pink hairless bodies and fangs for front teeth, these baby naked mole rats were never going to win any cuteness contests at Schonbrunn Zoo in the Austrian capital Vienna.

Jihad Girls Gunpoint Retraction Of Desire To Go Home
Austrian anti-terrorism police believe that an interview given to a French magazine allegedly with one of the two teenage girls who fled to Syria to join in the jihad was probably carried out at gunpoint.

Get Shorty As Confused Bald Ibis Gets Lost Again
A rare bald Ibis that seems to have a different sense of direction to her fellow birds has once again had to be rescued after getting stuck trying to find a different route to the southern Italian feeding ground.

Alpine Trains Venture Into Space As The Final Frontier
Austria’s national railway line the OeBB has raised eyebrows after offering themed toilets including one that is supposed to "look and smell like outer space".

MEP caught In Brit papers Fraud Probe Jailed
A corrupt MEP caught by a British newspaper offering to propose amendments to EU laws in exchange for 100,000 euros a year has been given a three-year-jail term.

Vienna Jihad Girls Want To Come Home
The two Austrian teenage girls who became ‘poster girls’ for the jihad in Syria are now desperate to come home after getting completely disillusioned with their new lifestyles.

Mega-Station Opens
There was a festival atmosphere as Bundespresident Heinz Fischer opened Vienna's new Hauptbahnhof Friday morning.

Apple Truck Causes Traffic Jam
When 24 tonnes of apples are catapulted across a road it can only mean a jam.

Farmer Cleared Over Wolf Shooting
Furious animal rights campaigners have accused an Austrian farmer of lying after he shot dead a wolf that he claimed he thought was a fox.

 


Mala Vrata

The most popular stories –
last 7 days



Don't moan alone, the Ombudsman Investigates.

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.


Austrian Zimmers