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Hand holding a glass of alcohol.

Cheers to the rest of your life

Many Finns are risk takers when it comes to alcohol. Reaching middle age can be a turning point – or the end of the line.

  • Health and well-being
  • Text Ulla Kaltiala | Photos Raija Törrönen
Graphics showing the risks of excessive drinking.
Graphics showing the risk limits for alcohol consuption.

Decreased brain volumes have recently been observed in middle-aged moderate drinkers as well.

Graphic pie showing alcohol-induced deaths in Finland in 2018.
Sources: Yearbook of Alcohol & Drug Statistics 2019; Ollila & Bingham: Cancer, alcohol and alcohol policy. Duodecim 2017; Stockwell et al. Finnish alcohol policy at the crossroads. A report for the Finnish government alcohol monopoly, 2019.