Alcohol consumption in Russia has fallen by 43 percent since 2003

Alcohol consumption in Russia has fallen 43 percent since 2003 since sporting Putin imposed restrictions on the sale of drink and encouraged a healthier lifestyle

  • WHO report published on Tuesday shows that drink rates in Russia have fallen
  • According to the report, alcohol consumption has fallen by 43 percent since 2003
  • The authors said that this trend was a factor in the increased life expectancy of Russia
  • Alcohol consumption exploded after the fall of the Soviet Union until the 2000s
  • Under President Putin, Russia has introduced restrictions on the sale of alcohol
  • Tobacco use has also fallen by more than a fifth in the former Soviet country

Russia may still have a reputation as a country of hard drinkers, but a report from the World Health Organization showed that alcohol consumption has fallen by 43 percent since 2003.

The WHO published the report on Tuesday reducing the decline to a series of measures taken by sports-loving President Vladimir Putin, including restrictions on alcohol sales and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

& # 39; The Russian Federation has long been regarded as one of the most heavily drinking countries in the world & # 39 ;, said the report, adding that alcohol made a significant contribution to a peak in deaths in the 1990s.

& # 39; However, these trends have reversed in recent years. & # 39;

The WHO published the report on Tuesday reducing the decline to a series of measures introduced by sports-loving President Vladimir Putin, including restrictions on alcohol sales and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

The WHO published the report on Tuesday reducing the decline to a series of measures introduced by sports-loving President Vladimir Putin, including restrictions on alcohol sales and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

The study showed a 43 percent decrease in alcohol consumption per capita from 2003 to 2016, driven by a sharp decrease in the consumption of bootleg beverages.

The authors said this trend was a factor in the increased life expectancy, which reached a historic peak in 2018, at 78 years for women and 68 years for men.

In the early 1990s, men's life expectancy was only 57 years.

Last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev led an anti-alcohol campaign with partial prohibition, which reduced consumption from the mid-1980s to 1990.

But after the fall of the Soviet Union, alcohol consumption exploded and continued to rise until the early 2000s.

Under Putin, Russia has introduced measures, including a ban on stores selling alcohol after 11 p.m., an increase in the minimum selling price for spirits and a blackout for advertisements.

Earlier WHO figures showed that Russian adults now drink less alcohol on average than their French and German counterparts.

Moscow has also launched a campaign against smoking and last week announced a ban on lighting, even on private balconies.

Tobacco use fell by more than one fifth, to 30 percent, of Russians who smoke according to the most recent Global Adult Tobacco Survey between 2009 and 2016.

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