WHO Ranks Bulgaria 30th in Europe by Use of AlcoholHealth | March 5, 2011, Saturday // 14:06| views
The average consumption of alcohol in Bulgaria is 12 liters a year, according to the WHO data. File photo
Bulgaria ranks 30th in Europe by alcohol consumption, according to a study of the World Health Organization (WHO), cited by Darik radio.
Estonia is first with 16 liters per person a year, followed by the Czech Republic, Ireland and France – between 14 and 15 liters.
The average consumption of alcohol in Bulgaria is 12 liters a year, according to the WHO data. 45% of Bulgarians use hard liquor, 22% drink wine and 32% - beer; about one third do not consume alcohol.
Turkey is last with less than 2 liters a year, which is attributed to the Muslim religion.
The WHO study shows that alcohol consumption in Mediterranean countries, former leaders in similar rankings is down, and they have been replaced by countries such as Moldova, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Ireland.
The average consumption in Europe is 9.5 liters of alcohol a year per person 15 years of age or over.
WHO recommends active anti-alcohol abuse policies to include price increase, restricting sales, and prevention – explaining to youth why alcohol is harmful.
In 2011, WHO will discuss a project for a European strategy on reducing alcohol consumption.
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