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Alcohol consumption and alcohol related deaths decline in Russia

According to the Russian ministry of health, alcohol consumption and alcohol-related deaths in Russia are falling. The mortality rate from alcoholic intoxication was 11.4 per 100,000 people and overall annual alcohol consumption was 12.4 liters per capita in 2012. In comparison the mortality rate from alcoholic intoxication in 2016 was 5.6 per 100,000 (nearly half ) and the annual alcohol consumption decreased to 10.3 liters per capita. It is thought that the introduction of legislation in July 2012 that banned advertising of alcoholic drinks, including beer, in printed and electronic media is at least partially responsible for the decrease. The Russian health ministry maintains that “Most of social, economic and personal problems stem not from alcoholism but from alcohol abuses”. The ministry has expressed an intention to toughen national laws further in order to bring down alcohol misuse. Their strategy for promoting healthy lifestyles and controlling non-infectious that runs up to the year 2025 provides for further restrictions on sale of alcoholic drinks.

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