Alcohol in Eastern Europe - a public health perspective

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2005
End date: 31/12/2007
Funding: 2487000 SEK


Alcohol consumption is a big public health problem in Eastern Europe. In this project we use time series analyses to assess how various forms of mortality respond to changes in population drinking in a number of countries in this region: Bulgaria, Czech Republic (or Czechoslovakia), former East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and former Yugoslavia. In similar analyses for Western European countries it was found that alcohol tended to have a stronger impact on mortality in northern than in Southern Europe. Considering similarities in drinking patterns we believe that the corresponding effect in Eastern Europe is at the same level as that in Northern Europe.

The project also comprises a descriptive part where we study trends in alcohol consumption and alcohol-related mortality during the past 20 years in a number of Eastern European countries.

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