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The Russians began to drink less

Almost half of Russians — 40% — completely stopped drinking alcohol, 40% admitted that reduced consumption of alcohol. Thus for nine years the Russians refused alcohol, was more than half in 2009 to about complete sobriety said 26% of respondents, and in 2018, 40%.

Drinkers of the population — 58%, while in 2009 there were 72%. The Russians believe in the existence of harmless dose of alcohol. Often “harmless” called wine (51%) and vodka (14%), beer (14%), brandy (13%), homemade liquors (8%) and moonshine (8%).

The survey results are generally consistent with the data of the National Union of consumer protection, which reported earlier, the decline in retail sales of vodka in the past year by more than 16%. Note that the success of the Russian Ministry of health in the fight against alcoholism is also noted in the who. The main factor for the decline, according to experts, is the competent policy of the Russian Ministry of health. The Ministry, however, to stop there is not going to. As stated earlier, the head of the Ministry of health Veronika Skvortsova, in the coming years, the Agency expects to reduce average annual alcohol consumption to 8 liters per capita (10 years ago this figure was at the level of 18 liters). To achieve these goals, the Ministry of health in the summer announced a number of initiatives. In particular, the Department stated that the price increase on spirits needs to stay ahead of inflation. The Ministry believes that the bottle of vodka in retail should cost more than 300 rubles. Also in the Ministry of health to discuss the possibility of placing the bottles of alcoholic drinks pictures, reminding citizens about the potential harm their use.

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This measure can be included in the strategy of formation of healthy lifestyle among Russians, the effect of which is calculated till 2025. Last week published the results of a poll showing that almost two thirds of Russians support the initiative of raising the age of prohibition sale of alcohol. However, not everyone is satisfied with the progress in the fight against the consumption of alcohol. So, a state Duma Deputy Vitaly Milonov proposed to introduce in the country “dry law”. A proposal addressed to the Minister of health Veronika Skvortsova.

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