Finland: Alcohol burdens healthcare more than thought

Alcohol abuse is a much greater burden on healthcare than the statistics indicate. Officially, alcohol problems cost Finnish society more than a billion euros per year, but experts now say the real total is much higher, YLE News report.

According to the National Institute for Health and Welfare THL, alcohol problems are not always registered in a patient’s diagnosis. “Alcohol addiction is a difficult diagnosis, and it is used far too rarely as a basis for disability benefits,” says Christopher Tigerstedt, a researcher at THL.

Tigerstedt says that alcohol abuse remains largely hidden, and therefore not discussed to the extent that it should be.

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