Every 7th German has alcohol problems

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Every seventh German has an alcohol problem. About 1.3 million people are addicted to alcohol.

(24.06.2010) Alcohol is the number one drug in Germany and this is also reflected in the current figures from the Federal Center for Health Education. For example, around 9.5 million people in Germany have a problem with alcohol because it is consumed "in a quantity that is hazardous to health". About 1.3 million people between the ages of 18 and 64 suffer from alcohol addiction. Alcohol abuse is common in around two million people. The Germans drink an average of twelve liters of pure alcohol per year. Germany ranks fifth in Europe, according to statistics, the people who drink the most in Luxembourg, where people drink an average of around 15.6% pure alcohol a year.

The consumption of alcohol is repeatedly underestimated in Germany, although around 15,000 people die each year from the consequences of alcohol addiction. The most common complication of alcohol addiction is cirrhosis of the liver. Cirrhosis of the liver is the final stage of chronic liver disease and, despite individual reports, can no longer be treated as promising.

Typical symptoms of alcohol addiction include the need to drink, a progressive loss of control, neglect of previous interests in favor of alcoholism, withdrawal symptoms with reduced consumption such as tremors and sweating. The personality mostly changes in the course of the addiction. Family members are increasingly suffering from father or mother addiction.

Alcohol addiction does not follow a uniform pattern. It's more of a creeping process that can go on for years or decades. On average, it takes up to 12 years for an alcohol addict to be treated for their addiction. Until then, a lot of time passes and the body breaks down heavily, the psyche and health are permanently damaged. Many people are therefore not aware of their addiction and deny alcohol addiction. Alcohol is particularly harmful for children and adolescents. Children's organs are not yet fully developed and mature, so alcohol can be particularly harmful to children and adolescents. (sb)

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