Tehran, Iran, May 1
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iran is going to open 140 alcohol rehab clinics by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20), said Alireza Noruzi, director of Adduction Department at the Iranian Ministry of Health.
"Some 94 percent of Iranians do not drink alcohol, but six percent have used alcohol once in their lives and we are going to build these 140 outpatient treatment centers for them," he told IRNA news agency May 1.
The official underlined that only 0.9 percent of Iranians consume alcohol at levels considered substance abuse, a rate much lower than the global average.
Alcohol use is prohibited according to the Iran's Islamic-based rules, so there is no detailed information about the number of the people addicted to alcohol in the country.
In February 2013, Iran's then Police Chief Esmaeil Ahmadi Moqaddam said that there are about 200,000 people in Iran having alcohol addiction.