Sharp Rise In Alcoholism Amongst Women

Alcoholism amongst women in Sweden rose by 50 percent over a four year period upto last year.

The head of Sweden’s National Institute of Public Health said that between 2003 and 2007, the number of female alcoholics had risen from 65,000, to about 100,000 while the number of male alcoholics had risen from 135,000 to 165,000.

Sven Andreasson believed one of the reasons for the sharp increase was that it’s become easier and cheaper to buy alcohol, despite the fact that Swedes can only buy wine, spirits and strong beer from state-run stores called Systembolaget, and it’s expensive to buy alcoholol in pubs and restaurants.

He said that ”lower alcohol taxes, private imports from abroad and across the internet, longer opening hours at systembolaget and an increase in the numbers of restaurants granted liquor licenses” had all contributed to the rise in alcoholism.

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