Helping Alcohol & Drug Addicts in Romania


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Alcohol & Drug Addiction in Romania

Romania still has high levels of stigma against alcoholics and drug addicts, but people in the twelfth-largest country in Europe are starting to become more aware of the fact that addiction is a disease and that treatment programmes are available and work.

According to Agerpres, the national news agency of Romania, the new psychoactive substances (NPS) are the most commonly used illicit drugs in Romania, followed by cannabis, cocaine/crack, over-the-counter drugs, and ecstasy. The lowest values were recorded for heroin, LSD, amphetamines, and solvents/inhalants.

Agerpres also reported that experimental drug use (at least once in a lifetime at the general population level) is 10.7%. The prevalence for the last year (recent use) is 6%, while for the last month (current consumption) is 3.9%. 

National estimates of last year use of new psychoactive substances (excluding ketamine and GHB) among young adults (aged 15–34) range from 0.1 % in Latvia to 5.1 % in Romania. 

Specialists in Romania also point out that the consumption of cannabis and substances with psychoactive properties has increased recently. Subnational seroprevalence studies conducted in Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania between 2017 and 2020 indicated a prevalence of HIV antibodies among people who inject drugs greater than 20 %. 

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Alcohol Addiction in Romania

Romanians rank among the biggest alcohol drinkers in Europe and prefer beer over wine. 

Romanians are among the biggest alcohol consumers in Europe, with an average consumption of 12.6 litres of pure alcohol per inhabitant aged 15 and above (15+) per year. Almost 12,000 people are dying each year because of the harmful use of alcohol, according to the “Global status report on alcohol and health 2018” released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and reported by Business Review.

Romania has the same level of average alcohol consumption as France and Slovenia. Romanians drink mostly beer (56 %) and wine (28 %), while 16 % of drinkers prefer spirits.

In all EU Member States, men consumed alcohol more frequently than women. The largest gender gaps were found in Portugal (33.4% vs. 9.7%) and Spain (20.2% vs. 6.1%) for daily consumption and in Romania (32.2% vs. 6.6%) and Slovakia (30.6% vs. 8.8%) for weekly consumption. However, the proportions of monthly intake were fairly equal between the sexes.

Heavy drinking episodes at least once a month are higher in Denmark, Romania and Luxembourg. 

This statistic shows a forecast of the estimated alcohol consumption per capita in Romania until 2025. It is projected to reach 10.59 litres by 2025.

Rehab & Healthcare in Romania

Many people in Romania can’t afford private health care treatment in Western Europe. However, while the costs of private addiction treatment are high, many thousands of people have turned their lives around and given up drugs and alcohol for good through a residential 12 Step therapy programme, like the one at Castle Craig. 

Free Addiction Self-Help Groups in Romania

AA Bucharest
AA Romania
Online AA Bucharest
Online Narcotics Anonymous, Bucharest

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Romanian Books on Alcoholism

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