[The phenomenon of alcoholism in Poland as a legal issue]

Przegl Lek. 2012;69(10):1115-7.
[Article in Polish]


Alcoholism is a problem of a social value. About 140 million people worldwide suffer from alcoholism. Research has demonstrated adverse effects of alcohol. In the scientific project were confirmed: increased risk of cancer, liver disease, abnormal course of pregnancy and development of fetus. Among alcoholics are frequent phenomena of criminal behavior, accidents and trauma. The Polish Constitution granted the right to health citizens. The consequence of the above mentioned constitutional guarantee is the duty of the state that consists in caring for the functioning of a society free from addictions and alcohol problems. The basic legal act in this field is the Act on Upbringing in Sobriety and Counteracting Alcoholism. The state policy in the fight against alcoholism is implemented at various levels of both government and local government. The established National Agency for Solving Alcohol Problems drafts a National Programme for Prevention and Solving Alcohol Problems every year. Also important are public awareness campaigns conducted to raise awareness about the negative effects of alcohol.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
  • Alcohol Drinking / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Alcohol Drinking / prevention & control*
  • Alcoholism / epidemiology
  • Alcoholism / prevention & control*
  • Behavior, Addictive / epidemiology
  • Behavior, Addictive / prevention & control
  • Comorbidity
  • Female
  • Health Promotion / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Poland / epidemiology
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology
  • Pregnancy Complications / prevention & control