The government has put off a national programme to fight alcoholism, which in the words of the plan’s authors affects five per cent of Slovaks while another 30 per cent are “hazardous drinkers”.
Once funding for the plan is approved, it will be debated again at a cabinet session in August. The plan will be aimed largely at reducing drinking among the country’s youth.
National alcohol consumption in Slovakia sits at eight litres of pure alcohol a year, compared to the two litres the World Health Organisation regards as the maximum healthy amount.
Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.
11. Jul 2002 at 10:29