At Least 6% of Bulgarian Teenagers Are Alcoholics

Society | December 16, 2009, Wednesday // 10:46|  views

The number of heavily drinking Bulgarian teenages is rising. Photo by BGNES

Between 15 000 and 25 000 teenagers in Bulgaria are regular drinkers of hard liquor.

According to a survey of the National Drug Addiction Center, the number of drinking teenagers in Bulgaria has increased threefold over the last 10 years; the number of drinking teenage girls has grown sixfold.

The more optimistic estimates state that 5%-6% of the high school students in Bulgaria aged between 13 and 18 drink alcohol regularly. The heavy drinkers usually stick to daily portions of 2,5 liters of beer, or 1 liter of wine, or 250 ml of rakia (traditional Bulgarian brandy).

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Tags: alcohol, alcohol abuse, teenagers, high school


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