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More than half of Slovaks know an alcoholic

More than half of Slovaks have an alcoholic in their close or immediate circle, according to a survey published on November 14. The poll was carried out by the Markant agency on 1,019 respondents at the request of the Association of Slovak Teetotallers.

The research further revealed that 45 percent of respondents know someone addicted to tobacco, 17 percent have met a compulsive gambler, 11 percent have seen drug addicts, and 6 percent have seen people sniffing glue or paint.

Moreover, 14 percent of those polled admitted to being addicted to tobacco, while 7 percent confided that they are alcoholics. Men were more likely to be alcoholics than women, while poorly-educated people, the unemployed and manual workers were more likely to have alcohol problems than other groups.

Eighty-five percent of the respondents view addiction as a personal problem, while 47 percent see it as social problem. Ninety-two percent said that the dependence should be tackled by the individuals themselves. Seventy-eight percent indicated a favourable opinion of those who have undergone rehab treatment, versus 14 percent who spoke of them negatively. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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