Poll: Greeks abuse al­co­hol less than EU coun­ter­parts

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Greeks ap­pear to have a health­ier re­la­tion­ship with al­co­hol than their Euro­pean Union coun­ter­parts, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study in­di­cat­ing that fewer Greeks tend to drink to ex­cess.

Ac­cord­ing to the study, which was car­ried out by Athens Univer­sity’s Men­tal Health Re­search In­sti­tute in June 2015 as part of the EU’s Joint Ac­tion on Re­duc­ing Al­co­hol Re­lated Harm ini­tia­tive, two in 10 Greeks (or 21.8 per­cent of the re­spon­dents), said they had drunk to ex­cess at least once in the past year. The av­er­age rate for the EU is nearly dou­ble that in Greece, stand­ing at 40.9 per­cent.

Ac­cord­ing to the study, 11.7 per­cent of Greeks claimed to abuse al­co­hol – ei­ther drink­ing in the morn­ing or suf­fer­ing black­outs – com­pared to an EU av­er­age of 20 per­cent.

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