The Severe Alcohol Consumption Rates of Estonia
- May 3, 2019
By this point, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that European nations (and America, for that matter) have some major problems with alcohol. Take a quick glance at U.S. Super Bowl ads, or hang-ten with the night hoppers in Australia, and you can clearly see that these people love to party hard and get super drunk. However, did you know that one country with the worst drinking problems also happens to be one of the smaller European nations? Let’s take a closer look at the severe alcohol consumption rates in lovely little Estonia.
Crossing the Estonian-Latvian Border
According to Marie Josing, Director of the Institute of Economic Research, a 0.7% growth confirms that the alcohol market has remained stable over the past couple of years. On average, all Estonian residents, including minors, consumed 8.62 liters of booze per person, numbers which have not changed since 2016. Also keep in mind that, out of the 10.3% of alcohol consumed by each Estonian resident who was 15 years of age or older, 3.6 liters consumed consisted of hard liquor.
So why does Estonia have a particularly large alcohol consumption rate? Reports have shown that this data has been partially influenced by Latvians and Finns, who purchase alcohol from Estonia.
Making an Effort to Reduce Alcohol Use
Ultimately, Josing explained that officials need to start implementing safeguards to protect Estonians against higher rates of alcohol use. She compared the country’s policies as a toolbox filled with tools which don’t ultimately work to the fullest extent. Obviously, additional problems have arisen due to border trades with Finland and Latvia.
Likewise, Deputy Secretary-General on Health Maris Jesse explained that a national policy is the only way to reduce alcohol consumption among Estonians.
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism
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