WHO : Europeans live healthier, Germans drink too much


The Europeans live longer and healthier, but many can not leave their vices.

Smoking, alcohol and obesity are a problem in many countries, according to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) report for the European Region. These include 53 countries, especially in Europe, but also some in the Caucasus and Central Asia.

“In Germany, the alcohol consumption is very high,” said the WHO expert Claudia Stein the German Press Agency. If you are over 15, drink an average of 8.6 liters of pure alcohol per year in the European Region. “In Germany, however, it is 11 liters.” Lithuania even come on 15.2 liters. In Russia, on the other hand, alcohol consumption has decreased (10.1 liters) – in parallel, the number of traffic accidents has declined.

“The highest life expectancy in the European Region at the age of 83 is Switzerland and Luxembourg,” said Stein. According to her, girls and boys born in Germany are on average 81 years old. “That puts Germany in the top quartile of statistics. This is partly because of the good access to the health system. “

The vaccination rates would have improved significantly in Germany. “They are now at 97 percent in measles,” said the WHO Department Head of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation. The bottom line was the war-torn Ukraine with 42 percent. “Measles are a potentially deadly disease,” says Stein.

More than half of the population in the European Region weighs in too many kilos – and the trend is rising. “In most countries, more men than women were overweight, but more women suffered from obesity (extreme overweight) than men,” says the study published in London on Wednesday. In Germany, experts worry about the increase in obesity in children.

Overall, the WHO draws a positive conclusion: In the European Region, life expectancy has risen by one year within five years. In particular, the premature deaths of major noncommunicable diseases – cancer, heart disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases – declined significantly; last by two percent a year.

The report on the WHO European Region, which includes countries such as Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, is published every three years. Almost 900 million people live in the area.

According to data presented recently in the journal “The Lancet”, men in most countries drink significantly more than women. As a result, a higher percentage of deaths in men than in women are due to alcohol consumption.

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