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Two thousand Slovaks seeking alcohol rehab

More and more people are becoming alcoholic in Slovakia, with heavy drinking often taking place among adolescents at both parties and music festivals, the Nový Čas daily reported on August 2, citing the findings of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.

The Centre for Treatment of Drug Addicts in Bratislava told the daily that around 2,000 people come in for treatment each year.

Recent tests of those attending the Pohoda music festival in Trenčín by the centre’s workers found no less than two thirds of the young people had alcohol in their blood, with the highest intake measured at 2.9 parts per thousand. The festival-goers mostly drank shortly before leaving the event and getting into their cars to drive home.

"Most tragic road accidents occur during weekends when people returning from celebrations drive drunk," the rehabilitation centre's director Ľubomír Okruhlica said.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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