Alcohol addiction: More and more alcoholics

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More and more Germans are alcoholics

The number of alcoholics in Germany has increased dramatically in recent years. Almost 1.8 million Germans are alcohol-dependent today, according to the results of the current “Epidemiological Addiction Survey”, which was developed on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Health by the Institute for Therapy Research in Munich. Harald Terpe, spokesman for drug and addiction policy of the Greens parliamentary group, has picked up in its own press release the latest figures from the addiction survey and called this "receipt for an inactive addiction and drug policy in the past four years".

Between 2006 and 2012, the number of alcohol addicts rose from 1.3 million to 1.77 million, Terpe reports, citing the "Epidemiological Addiction Survey". This is an increase of 36 percent. "The number of drug addicts even increased from 1.5 million to 2.3 million, or 53 percent," continued Terpe. The Green Member of the Bundestag criticized that the data from the survey had already been available to the Federal Ministry of Health since autumn, but has so far not been published or commented on by the Federal Ministry of Health.

7.4 million Germans drink too much alcohol The study by the Institute for Therapy Research shows not only a significant increase in alcohol addiction in general, but also a particularly alarming development among young adults under the age of 25. In addition, 1.6 million adults would drink a lot, but according to the official criteria are not considered to be dependent, reports the dpa news agency, citing the figures from the survey. In total, 7.4 million Germans would consume more alcohol than the recommended maximum daily amount.

Prevention should be improved "There are numerous family tragedies behind these numbers, because with the addicts, their families and especially the children suffer," said Harald Terpe. Quick help is needed here, but addicts would often wait months for their therapy to be approved. For example, his party calls for "early intervention by the doctor if suspected addiction problems, faster approval of therapy applications, especially for outpatient offers, and systematic inclusion of self-help, especially after completion of the therapy." However, the prevention offer must not only for those Alcohol addicts are significantly improved, but should also take into account drug addiction, tobacco addiction and addiction to illegal drugs. More outpatient offers for older addicts and recognition of smoking cessation as a health insurance benefit are desirable measures here.

The green spokesman for drug and addiction policy has asked the new Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe (CDU) to "devote more energy to addiction prevention and therapy than his predecessor" in view of the questionable figures in the "Epidemiological Addiction Survey" and criticizes in this context that So far, the post of federal government drug commissioner has not been filled. (fp)

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