Tuesday, December 17th 2013
The report made public earlier this week by the National Economic and Social Council (NESC), bearing on alcoholism in Mauritius indicates worrying figures.
The rate of alcoholism among Mauritian women has thus increased from 28% in 2004 to more than 34% in 2009.
Nearly 72.5% of Mauritian youth aged between 13 and 15 years, 69% are teenage girls, have already consumed any alcoholic beverages.
The rate of alcoholism among young people has increased from 20.8% in 2007 to 25.2% in 2011.
Each year, it is still a 6000-7000 patients with health problems caused by excessive alcohol consumption that visit hospitals for treatment.
44.7% of 4128 patients admitted in 2013 to the psychiatric hospital of Brown-Sequard were treated for mental disorders related to chronic alcoholism, as indicated by the newspaper L’Express of Mauritius.
As a reminder, Mauritians bought no fewer than 53.5 million bottles of alcoholic beverages in 2012 for expenses amounted to 2 billion rupees (50 million euros), including « 4 million bottles of wine, 12, 6 million bottles of whiskey and rum and 36 million cans of beer « , as indicated in early September by the Minister of Health, Lormus Bundhoo.