Russia: Alcohol Use Down 33% Since 2009

Alcohol use has plummeted by a third since 2009 in the Russian Federation

The average Russian consumed just over 10 liters of alcohol in 2016, compared to 15 liters in 2009, according to state consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor.

Already in November 2016 government data indicated the positive trend in declining alcohol consumption in Russia.

Alcohol Policy Best Buys Impactful

The agency credited new laws that establish a minimum price for alcoholic beverages, bans on advertising, and restrictions on the sale of alcohol for the decrease.

The so-called Three Best Buys in alcohol policy are shown to be cost-effective and high-impact measures. They include decreasing the affordability, availability and banning advertising of alcohol

The Moscow Times reports that Rospotrebnadzor said they had studied more than 10,700 samples of domestically-produced alcoholic beverages in 2016, of which just 3.9% did not meet government requirements.

A further 1,500 samples were taken from imported alcoholic beverages, of which 5% did not meet legal standards.

WHO Country Profile, Russian Federation

Source Website: The Moscow Times