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800,000 dipsomaniacs registered in Hungary

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Toxicologist Gábor Zacher says that annual alcohol consumption in Hungary stands at 14 liters of alcohol per capita, leading to 30,000 alcohol-related fatalities, according to a report by news site portfolio.hu. 

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There are 800,000 people in the country diagnosed as dipsomaniacs. Drugs in Hungary are not as problematic as alcohol, with some 20,000 registered addicts generating “only” 40 fatalities a year.

In Hungary, communication on the dangers of drugs is more intense than on alcohol, Zacher says, urging that an alcohol consumption strategy be included in a survey and plans for the future.

At the same time, Zacher points out that there are a lot of new drugs on the European market, coming mainly from China. Authorities registered 80 new drugs in 2016, 51 in 2017, and 55 in 2018.

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