News Local Teenage drinking in Cyprus high compared to other European countries

Teenage drinking in Cyprus high compared to other European countries

Cyprus’ National Addictions Authority (NAAC) on Monday called for a more equitable distribution of resources  in the battle against drug addiction.

Its executive director Constantinos Stylianou told MPs that for every one euro used on prevention, 44 euros were spent on imposing the law.

“As an authority and based on the findings of a recent study we ask the state to balance the money spent on prevention, treatment and social reintegration with that spent on implementation of the law and criminal justice,” he said.

He was speaking during a House Human Rights Committee meeting which heard that Cyprus ranks relatively low compared to the rest of Europe in the use of illegal addictive substances, but remains very high in underage drinking, according to 2017 figures of the NAAC.

The committee also discussed the need for support centres for underage drug users in Larnaca and Famagusta districts, implementation of a pilot rehab programme for adults that was approved by the Council of Ministers in February 2019 and the right of women drug users to specialised detox programmes.

A specialised centre was set up in 2012 and has so far treated 54 women. The centre for underage drug users has so far hosted 17 teenagers since it opened last March and there are currently nine minors there. They are aged between 13 and 19, although a 12 year old has also been treated there.

Stylianou said that according the most recent available figures in 2017 Cyprus  ranked relatively low for substance addiction but very high in teenage drinking which gave cause for concern since abuse of one substance is a door which could lead to use and dependence on other substances, he said.

Two new studies are underway, one on the general population and one on the school population and these will give a more comprehensive picture, he added.


Top Stories

Covid-19 patients rise at referral hospital, now 59

  Covid-19 patients at the Famagusta General, the referral hospital for coronavirus have risen to 59. Four are being treated in the increased care unit for...

5 third country students employed illegally at two Nicosia restaurants

  Authorities continued a campaign to stamp out the illegal employment of third country individuals who are being exploited by Cypriot employers for peanuts. Officers from...

Mass rapid tests in Larnaca over the weekend

  Rapid tests will be taking place throughout the weekend in the city of Larnaca. The municipality informed the public that the Health Ministry had organised...

What Covid? 17 people gambling on home table booked

  Police in Paphos are investigating an illegal gambling case, with 17 people setting up in a private residence early evening yesterday. The Crime Prevention Unit...

Brexit goes down to the wire: EU and UK say big differences remain

  The European Union and Britain said there were still substantial differences over a Brexit trade deal as the EU chief negotiator travelled to London...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...