In Switzerland, alcohol is mainly consumed as a stimulant or intoxicating substance, often in the form of wine, beer and less frequently as spirits (Source: EAV 2013). The majority of people in Switzerland drink without developing any problems. However, according to WHO guidelines, an average daily consumption of more than 20 grams of pure alcohol (which corresponds to about two glasses of wine) for a woman and more than 40 grams for a man significantly increases the health risks. The transition from problematic to dependent/addictive alcohol consumption is fluid. Alcohol consumption is now the fifth most important factor in the burden of disease in Europe (GBD 2010), with around 1,600 people in Switzerland dying as a result of alcohol consumption in 2011 (Marmet et al., 2013). This corresponds to one in 10 premature deaths among men and one in 17 among women. Injuries and accidents, various types of cancer and liver cirrhosis are the cause of most alcohol-related deaths.
The ISGF is currently using new media to find innovative ways to combat the teenage binge drinking. The ISGF also aims to find was to optimize aftercare after outpatient alcohol treatment by means of new media. On the other hand, the ISGF has carried out analyses of the treatment of alcoholics in Switzerland and is collecting figures on problematic drinking in Swiss nightlife.