Do the Turkish drink alcohol?

Bekir Agirdir, who is the general manager at KONDA explained surprising data from the research. A part from the interview, Bekir Agirdir said ‘’ %9 of ascetics, %11 of religious people, %41 of people who say ‘I am a believer’ and %65 of people who don’t believe consume alcohol in Turkey’’

        ‘’There is alcohol problem, there are 3.6 million people who drink alcohol properly.’’
If we evaluate the subject on the title, we can say that yes, the Turks drink alcohol but not in a chaotic way all over the country. Proper drinkers above 18 years old that means 52 million people are only %23. Among this rate, people who drink every day are %1.2 (which is approximately 624.000 people), drink once in a week is %5.7 (3 million), in a month is %9.2 (about 4.784.000).
        So, if we put out social drinkers who consume alcohol in a week and month which are nearly 8.400.000, the rate of everyday drinkers is just 3.600.000 people in the country.
The rate of people who used to drink is %8.4 (approximately 4.400.000). According to the research, %68,5 of us are not drinking properly. It is not possible to say there is an alcohol problem in Turkey when we look at the numbers.
On the other hand, drinking alcohol doesn’t create tension between drinkers and non-drinkers. The research was based on 2011. When we think about growing taxes and the waves in the economy of the country, this rate seems to fall down more.

Besides, According to the GfK research company’s data including 13 European Union countries, Turkey, U.S, Russia, and Switzerland for Wall Street Journal Newspaper, %83 of Turkish people don’t drink alcohol. According to another research consisting of 16 cities in Turkey, Types of the most preferred alcohol for proper drinkers is beer with %65 and alcohols mixed with water (such as Raki).

So, we basically understand that there is no calm way in the country. People drink a lot or never do it. Moreover, with this low alcohol rate, Turkey is one of the most conservative countries in the world. On the other hand, there are people who drink at the most top level. %38 of people say that they are out of control when they drink more than 5 glasses. The research was made in İstanbul, Ankara, Adana, Konya, Kayseri, Bursa, Balıkesir, İzmir, Samsun, Gaziantep, Erzurum, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Trabzon, Antalya, and Malatya that means all over the country. 17 people out of 1303 who are above 15 years old approved that they are proper drinkers. The most preferred types are respectively %65 beer, %20 Raki, %10 alcohol types such as Whiskey and Vodka and %5 wine. %3 people attended the research say they drink alcohol once a week while %2 drink more than once in a week.               
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