Antwerp tops the list with 914 milligrams of coke per 1,000 inhabitants. It is 894 milligrams in London, 722 in Zurich. The results, one of the largest European projects to study cocaine use to date, come from a wastewater analysis of 60 cities. However, one looks in vain for the Austrian capital – Vienna did not take part in the study.
Austria is still represented, the city of Innsbruck with 311,428 inhabitants is even ahead of major European cities such as Munich (113.8 milligrams) or Athens (30.4 milligrams) with 162 milligrams per 1000 inhabitants.
The average daily cocaine consumption in Austria is 30.44 milligrams of cocaine per 1000 inhabitants. Another study by the Medical University of Innsbruck (GMI) showed that the hotspot in Austria is in Kufstein (Note: Kufstein did not take part in the Europe-wide study). Nowhere in this country is so much white powder consumed as in the city with only 17,080 inhabitants. According to the study results, daily consumption is 401.61 milligrams of coke per 1000 inhabitants. However, the waste water from the party town of Kitzbühel, 31 kilometers away, also flows through Kufstein.
According to the GMI, this value was even higher two years ago – due to the pandemic and the associated lockdowns and curfews in restaurants and the closure of nightclubs, consumption of the party drug decreased.