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.
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.