PREMIUM TALKING TIPS: Russian Alcohol Consumption Drops 43%

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A report from the World Health Organization (WHO) says that alcohol consumption in Russia has dropped 43% since 2003. The WHO says this has led to record life expectancy in the country at 78 for women and almost 68 for men. In the early 1990s, life expectancy in Russia was as low as 71 years for women and 57 years for men.

Russia has tried to reduce alcohol consumption before, most recently in the 1980s, when sales restrictions and increased prices led to a 25% drop in alcohol consumption between 1985 and 1987. However, alcohol consumption rose again after the Soviet Union ended in 1991, and life expectancy decreased.

The Russian government again took steps to reduce alcohol consumption. Advertising restrictions were introduced starting in 1995, and were strengthened in 1998, 2004 and 2006. Alcohol taxes were increased by 50% in 2005, and minimum prices for drinks with more than 28% alcohol increased gradually from 2010. Penalties for drunk driving were also increased several times between 2004 and 2015.


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