Half of people see alcohol as something negative

The 'Healthy lifestyle' survey recently conducted by EenVandaag shows that a quarter (25 percent) have started to view drinking alcohol more negatively in the past 5 years. In another quarter (23 percent) of the participants, the image of alcohol was already negative and this has not changed. Added up, half (48 percent) now mainly see the negative sides of alcohol. This is mainly due to awareness of the health risks.

Obesity, brain damage, addiction and an increased risk of cancer are reasons why people have started to think more consciously about their alcohol consumption. Through education, these health risks have become better known in society. The consequences for society are also a reason for the negative image. Aggression, domestic violence and car accidents in which the driver is drunk are regularly mentioned.

Reasons to drink less

4 in 10 of those surveyed (38 percent) still see alcohol as something positive. Some of these already drink in moderation and want to continue to enjoy a glass every now and then. Reasons for drinkers to cut down are the known health risks, saving money and finding another way to de-stress.

No leading role for alcohol

A striking thing that emerged from the study is that many participants believe that alcohol has too prominent a place in society. Everywhere you look there is alcohol and whatever occasion you go to, a glass of alcohol is part of it. Less alcohol in sight and less social pressure would help to give up the alcohol and opt for an alcohol-free alternative. Source: onetoday.avrotros.nl.

About the research

The results on alcohol come from a larger research (pdf) on health and prevention. The survey was held from 5 to 16 May 2022. The questions were drawn up in consultation with the Council for Public Health and Society. It incorporates some of the results in its advice on the future of public health care.

34,587 participants of the EenVandaag Opinion Panel took part in the study. The results are weighted on the total number of respondents and are representative of six variables, namely: age, gender, education, marital status, distribution across the country and political preference measured after the 2021 elections to the House of Representatives. The Opinion Panel consists of 80,000 members. The results were also presented on the Big Improvement Day.





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