In the Czech Republic over the last year the number of people who are seriously addicted to drugs has declined for the first time since 2003.

According to a report by the National Drugs and Addictions Monitoring Centre, there were 46,900 problematic drug users in the last year, 800 fewer than in 2014. The decline in the number of problem drug users, according to experts, is associated with a better economy, social security, and employment.

Moreover, the government increased funding for prevention of drug use, with the budget increasing to 1.17 billion crowns, compared with 1.01 billion in 2014.

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The number of people with a regular or daily alcohol intake in the Czech Republic stands at 12.5 percent of those over 15-years-old — about 19 percent of men and six percent of women. Six percent of men and seven percent of women are at risk of suffering the effects of harmful drinking.

In men, harmful drinking represents more than three glasses of alcohol each day and for women its two glasses.