The First Pan-Hellenic Study on Alcohol has shown that alcohol consumption poses a serious threat to the Greeks’ health.
According to the study, 800,000 Greeks have reported consuming alcohol on a daily basis, with 50% of them attributing their loss of control over alcohol to their weak and sensitive character. Only 3 out of 10 recognize this loss of control as indicating alcoholism.
Furthermore, less than half of the total number of participants claimed to be aware of the fact that ethyl alcohol or ethanol (found in all alcoholic beverages) is a typical example of addictive substances (drugs).
84.7% of the Greeks, aged between 17 and 24, is informed of the permissible blood alcohol levels in driving, while 20.4% is not.
30.25% is not aware if it is permitted or legal to provide children and teenagers with alcohol and another 10% is unaware of the fact that pregnant women are not allowed to consume any amount of alcohol.
The study records the awareness levels of Greeks, the possible consequences of excessive drinking, as well as the need of public information concerning the responsible and non-threatening consumption of alcohol.
The findings of the study were presented by the NGO “Nifalioi-stin ygeia mas” (trns: SOBER-Cheers!) at the Athenian Brewery during a special event on “Responsible Consumption – Responsible Information”. The event was attended among others by the Secretary general of the Health Ministry and Mayor of Thessaloniki Yiannis Boutaris.