Last updated on October 1, 2019
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), alcohol consumption in Russia has been steadily decreasing since 2003, when a variety of management steps such as higher taxation and minimal unit costs were set in place.
There was also a fall in deaths from all causes during precisely the same period from 2003, but with a particularly sharp drop in deaths from alcohol ingestion.
Mortality from all causes dropped by 39 percent for men and 36 percent for girls.
Carina Ferreira-Borges, the program director for alcohol and illegal drugs at WHO-Europe, stated she expected Russia’s instance would prompt other nations in Europe to follow suit with stricter regulations alcohol.
“The remarkable reduction in consumption of homemade, smuggled or illegally produced alcohol at the Russian Federation is conducive to the government’s adoption of alcohol management policies,” she explained.
“These results reveal that steps like the introduction of tracking systems cost increases and limited alcohol accessibility work to preserve lives and health system costs.
“I hope that other nations in Europe will adopt similar policies to safeguard people’s wellbeing.”
The report states that the decrease in alcohol intake could also bring additional societal advantages.
Dr Bente Mikkelsen, director of the branch of non-communicable diseases in the WHO Europe, said it might also”reduce the weight” of non-communicable diseases.
It might help to achieve the goal of reducing premature deaths from non-communicable ailments by 33 percent by 2030,” he explained.