One in 10 Belgians drinks too much, says KCE
Belgium’s Health Care Knowledge Centre has asked the government and health-care associations to create a concrete plan that addresses the overconsumption of alcohol, which they says affects 10% of the population
KCE is asking policymakers, care organisations and patient associations to work together to develop a plan to tackle the alcohol problem. The knowledge centre said that people appear to be underinformed about the consequences of excessive drinking and about the standards for acceptable consumption. According to the World Health Organisation, overconsumption constitutes 21 drinks a week or more for men and 14 for women.
Treatment options should be more readily available, said the centre, and the government should not allow health insurance providers to refuse to cover treatment, which is now usually the case.
Overconsumption of alcohol increases the risk of about 60 diseases, including cancer, diabetes and obesity, the centre said, and contributes to one in seven deaths among men and one in 13 deaths among women in Belgium.
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