Russia Attempting To Break Deadly Drinking Habit With Overnight Ban
August 19, 2010
Russia (ChattahBox) – Russia has faced a serious alcoholism epidemic for years, with half a million people dying annually from the average of 1.5 liters of pure alcohol per citizen consumed monthly. But a new ban is the latest in a string of measure it is hoped will curb the problem.
President Dmitry Medvedev began a “war on alcohol” in 2009, where he said he would work to reduce the amount of liquor consumption that was throwing the country’s health rates into chaos. This has mostly covered raised prices on beer and vodka, though the Guardian says that there will be a ban on selling from kiosks in the next few months.
Now, there will also be a ban on all overnight sales of alcohol with more than a 15% by volume between the hours 10 AM to 10 PM. Technically, it was already illegal to do this between 11 PM and 8 AM, but a loophole in the law allowed distributors to ignore that. That gap has now been closed.
So far, the price raises have not stopped the amount of alcohol being drank. Instead, it has caused citizens to chip in with others in order to buy a bottle, which is then shared. This was a common practice during the rule of the Soviet Union, when the average amount of money earned by the average person was much lower than the average living price, throwing the country into a wide state of poverty.