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Finland’s unacknowledged problem: Alcoholism

A leading medical expert says that one million people in Finland suffer the effects of substance abuse, whether as a bystander or an addict, as many people are reluctant to interfere when someone they know has a drinking problem. Recent statistics indicate a 30 percent increase in the number of medical treatments required because of an accident or medical condition caused by alcohol.

Since 2010 it’s been increasing difficult to receive longer, unmedicated therapy-based rehabilitation treatments in the public sector.

Dr Kaarlo Simojoki, medical director of the private A-Clinic Foundation, sees the direct effects of these cutbacks.

“Recent statistics indicate a 30 percent increase in the number of medical treatments required because of an accident or medical condition caused by alcohol abuse,” he says.

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