Finland

Finland: Alcohol-related harms have decreased compared to previous years

The prevalence of alcohol-related harms decreased a little in 2012 compared to the previous year. The total consumption of alcoholic beverages amounted to 9.6 litres of pure alcohol per capita in 2012, showing a decrease of 5 per cent on 2011. These data are included in the new Yearbook of Alcohol and Drug Statistics, reports National Institute for Health and Welfare.

The number of alcohol-related inpatient care periods dropped by 5 per cent on 2011. Especially the number of care days due to different kinds of alcohol-related withdrawal symptoms has decreased in recent years.

In 2012, the number of detoxification-related care days in institutions for substance abusers remained unchanged compared with the previous year. The number of rehabilitation-related care days in services for substance abusers fell by around 5 per cent on 2011. Correspondingly, the number of days spent in housing services for substance abusers have increased by around 10 per cent on the previous year.

Surveys show that 23 per cent of men of working age and 7 per cent of women engaged in binge drinking at least once a week. No significant changes have taken place in the 2000s concerning the use of alcohol among men and women of working age, while alcohol use among young people has decreased and the proportion of young people abstaining from alcohol has increased in recent years.

In 2012, the number of drink driving cases decreased by around 11 per cent on the previous year. The number of persons taken into police custody for drunkenness (72 000) was the lowest ever reported in Finland in 1970–2012.

In 2011, the direct costs of alcohol abuse to society were estimated at approximately EUR 1 billion, The state revenue from the excise duty on alcoholic beverages totalled EUR 1.38 billion in 2012, which is EUR 100 million more than in 2011.

The Yearbook of Alcohol and Drug Statistics is a collection of key data on the alcohol and drug situation in Finland in 2012.

Yearbook of Alcohol and Drug Statistics 2013