Russia’s Ministry of Health Announced Reduction in Alcohol Use

According to Vedomosti, Deputy Health Minister Oleg Salagay said during a news conference on World Sobriety Day that Russia is not the most drinking nation in the world, and that alcohol use among Russians is declining, Vedomosti writes.

“The claim that our nation is the most alcoholic or sort of highly alcohol-affected does not match to reality,” Salagay said.

According to him, Russia’s alcohol consumption in 2014-2017 was among the lowest in Europe, at approximately 0.83 liters of absolute alcohol per capita. Alcohol consumption dropped from 15.7 to 9.1 liters per capita from 2008 to 2019, while death from unintentional alcohol poisoning decreased by 60% from 2008 to 2020, according to Salagay.

Mikhail Murashko, the director of the Ministry of Health, said in April that alcohol had a “colossal” impact on the Russian population, particularly males. Alcohol use accounts for up to 75% of male mortality in the nation.

Furthermore, he claims that 80 percent of Russia’s working population has more than one risk factor for the development of noncommunicable illnesses, such as excessive alcohol and cigarette use.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, about one-third of Russians die while in working age, with males accounting for 80% of those who die.