AROUND SLOVAKIA

Slovaks drink 13 litres of alcohol a year

SLOVAKS are among the most avid alcohol drinkers in Europe. Each local over 15 years of age drinks 13 litres of pure alcohol a year on average, while the global average is 6.2 litres. This stems from a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) report.

SLOVAKS are among the most avid alcohol drinkers in Europe. Each local over 15 years of age drinks 13 litres of pure alcohol a year on average, while the global average is 6.2 litres. This stems from a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) report.

However, only 38.3 percent of the global population drinks alcohol, which means that in effect, those who do, consume 17 litres of pure alcohol a year. In Slovakia, this average number is 19.8, while it is 28.8 litres for men aged 15 and over, and only 10 litres for women over 15.

Most alcohol is consumed in Europe, where the total annual average is 10.9 litres of pure alcohol per capita. The biggest numbers were recorded in Belarus (17.5), Moldova (16.8), Lithuania (15.4) and Russia (15.1). Czechs drink, just like Slovaks, 13 litres a year. In total, alcohol consumption in Europe, Africa and North and South America has not changed in the last five years, unlike south-east Asia and some countries of the western Pacific, where it continues to grow.

The study, reported on by the SITA newswire, found that alcohol consumption caused millions of deaths annually, as well as more than 200 various illnesses, including cancer, tuberculosis, pneumonia and liver cirrhosis. More deaths connected to alcohol were discovered in men (7.6 percent of all deaths) than in women (4 percent), but women are more prone to some health issues stemming from alcohol than men.

Top stories

Will the 'Old Bridge' retain its name?

There are also humorous proposals, including ‘the Ugly Bridge’, ‘the Useless Bridge’, ‘the Bridge of Paté Eating Warriors’.

The new 'Old Bridge' in Bratislava.

SNG under reconstruction, finally Photo

The resulting premises should become a sort of cultural centre in downtown Bratislava just next to the Danube river, connecting the national gallery with the street life of the capital.

Visualisation of the SNG after reconstruction

Blog: Then I felt like a doctor who lost a patient

Helena does not have any academic title before or after her name. She is a Roma healthcare assistant. She belongs to my “other Slovakia” – the open, enthusiastic, and daring one.

Roma settlement in Markušovce

Slovaks stand behind the strikers

The tense situation among nurses and teachers and the government on the other side may worsen the outcome of the ruling Smer party shortly before the upcoming general election.

Students came to support teachers.