Fight against alcohol consumption: Germany is far behind in international comparison

WHO report on the fight against alcohol consumption: Germany does poorly
Years ago, studies showed that Europeans are world champions in alcohol consumption. In Germany too, people drink too much on average. A current report from the World Health Organization (WHO) now shows that Germany should take more measures to combat alcohol consumption.

High alcohol consumption is harmful to health
In Germany, people drink an above-average amount of alcohol. That has health consequences. Whoever drinks damages his body. According to the head office for addiction questions (DHS) statistically seen "every 7 minutes a person in Germany dies because the alcohol has damaged the liver and pancreas, pharynx, stomach and intestine or the cardiovascular system". Nevertheless, too little is done in Germany to combat dangerous alcohol consumption.

Europe has the highest alcohol consumption
In principle, high consumption can damage every organ of the human body. Alcohol increases the risk of numerous diseases such as high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms, heart failure, fatty liver and nerve damage.

According to a message from the German Alliance for Noncommunicable Diseases (THANKS), Europe has the highest alcohol consumption and the highest associated disease burden in the world.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has now published a report on the efforts of European countries to reduce harmful alcohol consumption, in which Germany is only mediocre in many areas and is often even the bottom.

"The report makes it clear that German politicians urgently need to take measures against high alcohol consumption," said DANK spokesman Dr. Dietrich Garlichs.

Reduce alcohol-related problems
In 2011, all 53 member states of the European WHO region had approved the "European action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012-2020" (EAPA).

The aim of the action plan is to reduce alcohol-related problems with the help of various measures such as price policy, workplace prevention, alcohol limits for drivers, age restrictions on delivery or restrictions on marketing and advertising.

The WHO has now checked to what extent the member states have implemented the recommended measures - and is submitting the report “Policy in action. A tool for measuring alcohol policy implementation ”.

Germany comes in last when it comes to limiting the availability of alcohol
If one looks at the states in detail, the evaluation shows: Germany is 23rd in the field of politics / education of 29 countries, in the field of prevention at work / in the community of 29 countries together with Austria on the penultimate rank, in measures against Alcohol at the wheel of 30 countries in 26th place and in the measures against illegal trade and alcohol production in the penultimate position of 53 countries.

"When it comes to restricting the availability of alcohol, we even come in last among 30 countries," explained Dr. Ute Mons, head of the Cancer Prevention Unit at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg.

Only in terms of marketing restrictions and measures to reduce the negative effects of harmful alcohol consumption does Germany occupy middle places, that is, 12th out of 30 and 15th out of 31.

"The WHO report makes it clear that there is still a need for action in Germany with regard to reducing harmful alcohol consumption," said Mons.

"Here the politically responsible are required to take appropriate measures, for example by increasing alcohol taxes and levying on alcohol content, as well as a uniform age limit of 18 years for the distribution and consumption of alcohol in public". (ad)

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Video: Comparison: Alcohol Consumption Per Country (January 2022).