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Russia in a Froth? Beer Now Labeled as Alcohol: Resticting beer not Vodka

  1. Basoodler
    In a desperate effort to control runaway alcoholism, the government of Russia has officially declared beer is an alcoholic beverage.

    While this may sound obvious to many, beer and other beverages containing less than 10 percent alcohol were previously categorized as food, according to the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. As such, it was as readily available as juice from street kiosks and 24-hour shops, and Russians often enjoyed a brew on their way to work in the morning.

    The Russians even have a saying: "Beer without vodka is like throwing money to the wind," reports the Telegraph.

    But in 2011, President Dmitry Medvedev, who called alcohol abuse a "national calamity," signed off on the tough new restrictions, which took effect Jan. 1. Beer is no longer available at bus stops, train stations or gas stations, and cannot be purchased between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m.

    The average Russian, according to the Daily Telegraph, consumes the equivalent of 32 pints of pure alcohol each year, and about 500,000 alcohol-related deaths occur in the country annually, including some 30,000 drunk-driving accidents and several thousand cases of drowning.

    Critics charge the stiff new rules may backfire and increase alcohol consumption. "Stocking beer is more problematic than stocking vodka," Isaac Sheps, the chairman of the Union of Russian Brewers, told the Daily Telegraph. "It's bulky, it's big, there's no room for it in small homes. It's much easier to buy two bottles of vodka and manage for your instant need for alcohol.

    "So it's quite ironic that this attempt to improve health and lower alcoholism could have the opposite effect and cause people to drink more harmful spirits," Sheps said.



  1. c4nucKsens8tioN
    Wow, its true, things really are hardcore in Russia. My goodness. They are able to get beer as easily as a child would get juice at a vending machine. Geez. Good find. Appreciate the effort with these interesting stories.
  2. makin
    what is the world comming to?

    they are even taking away freedoms in Russia

    They must be trying to be more like the U.S.

    THere are going to be some pissed off beer drinkers come 11 PM.

    I wonder if they are going to revolt. Wait till they start to tax the shit out of it.
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