Alcohol is the most complicated drug, says addictologist Kuda | iRADIO

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The average Czech drinks ten liters of pure alcohol per year. Almost ten percent of the adult population drinks alcohol daily, and roughly 1.3 million people would be classified as risky drinkers. Alcohol is taken as something self-evident and socially permissible, sums up addictologist Aleš Kuda in the program Osobnost Plus. But he himself considers alcohol to be the most complicated and hardest drug that causes the most problems for society.



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11:35 p.m February 2, 2024

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Aleš Kuda, addictologist, psychologist and therapist Photo: Karolína Němcová | Source: Czech Radio

“We often talk about drugs and hard drugs, which is such a holdover from the 90s. Because if we look at alcohol and, for example, how many traffic accidents are caused in direct connection with it and how many other deaths are caused by it, it is clearly the hardest drug we have here,” Kuda points out.

Listen to Michael Rozsypal’s entire Personality Plus. Addictologist Aleš Kuda is the guest

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According to him, alcohol is the most complicated and hardest drug that causes the most problems for society.

“The Dry February campaign is a very good opportunity to draw attention to the harmful effects of alcohol. Let’s each see what role alcohol plays in our lives. Let’s take a look at how it may affect some parts of our lives, and clearly realize that drinking alcohol is not without risks,” he adds.

What is ‘Dry February’?

Dry February is a Czech and, from 2021, officially also a Slovak awareness campaign supporting a personal experience with monthly abstinence from alcohol. It encourages people to abstain from alcoholic beverages for a month and to become aware of their relationship with alcohol, possibly also pointing out risky use.

Diagnostic scale

According to him, a dry February can also serve as a diagnostic measure. During the month of abstinence, a person will know if eliminating alcohol has caused him discomfort or how often he comes into contact with alcohol in his daily life.

According to Kuda, the social debate about alcohol consumption is primarily meaningful. The attitude we have towards alcohol is formed since childhood.

The benevolent approach says that the borderline is u a healthy adult man up to 60 years of age a maximum of 14 glasses per week and seven for women. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), however, any amount is harmful.

In connection with the consumption of alcohol, approximately six to seven thousand people die in the Czech Republic, and approximately 1.3 million inhabitants would be classified as risky drinkers – that is, among those who significantly endanger their health through consumption.

Petr Freimann, organizer of the Dry February campaign


Dry February is not about prohibition, but about keeping alcohol under control, the campaign organizer describes

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Social pressure

But how to handle social pressure and come into society, even with friends who are not abstinent and take alcohol consumption as the norm?

“I advise my clients to be straightforward. The more you start making up a story about why you don’t drink, the more insecure others will feel about it and they’ll poke around,” advises Kuda.

According to him, it is good to take advantage of the abstinence campaign in February, because a lot of people don’t really drink and even more people know what Dry February is. After just one month of abstinence, a person’s digestive and cardiovascular systems will improve. Abstinence will also have a positive effect on sleep, the quality of which is significantly damaged by alcohol consumption.

Listen to the full interview, the audio is at the top of the article.

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