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Too many Germans are addicted to alcohol or tobacco, says report

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2992 (Published 29 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2992
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

Despite slight declines in alcohol and tobacco use in Germany in recent years consumption remains far too high, causing health and social ailments that cost billions of euros each year, a new report from the German Centre for Addiction Issues (Deutsche Hauptstelle für Suchtfragen) has said.

The centre, which is financed by the German health ministry, called on politicians to acknowledge the severity of the problem and adopt major new regulatory measures to reduce alcohol and tobacco use.

It also urged doctors to detect addiction more promptly and to use prevention programmes more actively, although it also criticised them for …

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