Portuguese “drink more than the Russians”, says study

A study by the World Health Organisation claims the Portuguese now drink more than the Russians.

Cannabis consumption too is creeping upwards, particularly in “older men and women”.

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WHO’s study shows Russians these days actually drink less booze than many Europeans, including French and Germans.

Regarding increasing cannabis consumption – since its use was decriminalised – WHO has made no specific recommendations. Investigators simply reported that the drug is used ‘recreationally’ by around half a million Portuguese of which two-thirds say they consume it “four or more times per week’.

The legalisation of the use of cannabis-based products for medical treatments was recently approved in parliament and is in the process of being fully ratified.