It’s been awhile since we had a frank talk about drug use and other forms of chemical self-abuse in Hungary. So let’s talk about it!
A few weeks back, researchers at Budapest’s Corvinus University presented the results of the “European School Survey Project on Alcohol and other Drugs,” a survey conducted every four years that focuses on youths in Europe. Here’s how Hungary is currently stacking up:
- 60% percent of 16-year-olds in the Hungarian survey said they had been drunk at least once in their lifetime, compared to a pan-European rate of just 47%.
- 61% of Hungarian students drink booze regularly, slightly more than the European average of 57%. But unlike their peers, who tend to drink beer, Hungarian youngsters go for hard liquor.
- The number of Hungarian respondents who said they had been drunk within the past month was the fifth highest in Europe.
- 25% of 16-year-olds in Hungary smoke on a daily basis, compared with a European average of 17%.
- 20% percent of Hungarian youths have tried illegal drugs – mostly marijuana – two percentage points above the European average. But this figure is way below that of the Czech Republic and France, which lead with 35%.
- Intriguingly, twice as many Hungarian youths have mixed alcohol and medications to get buzzed as the European average.
As for the use of harder drugs, the survey is not very specific. Though note that today was the first time we spotted a syringe on the sidewalk (above) while taking the kid to school. Just for the record, we recommend cigs, booze, and maybe a few painkillers, but only if there is no weed. Otherwise, just say no!