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MPs declare war on alcoholism

November 14 2007

The State Duma discussed the issues of alcoholism in the country. Participants in the roundtable "Legal problems counteracting alcoholism population as a threat to national security of Russia believe that the only way out of the situation in Russia is to adopt the concept of state alcohol policy, which will leave the alcohol and the associated demographic crisis.

"Today in Russia every year used 18.5 liters of pure alcohol per capita, and this is without taking into account of illegal production and surrogates" - said the chairman of the Duma Committee for Security, Vladimir Vasilyev. At the same time limiting the consumption of pure alcohol, the World Health Organization recognized critically dangerous to the health of the nation, is 8 liters.

MP Gennady Gudkov, said that "what is happening in the country, except as a threat to national security can not be named." According to him, in Russia, vodka is now sold 80% more than they produce. "There is need for government to reduce the concept of alcoholism in Russia," - he said.

Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on Education and Science Sergei Kolesnikov added that "alcoholism - one of the reasons for increased mortality in our country."

According to the Federal State Statistics Service, in 2006 alone from drinking hard liquor and surrogates in Russia, died about 40 thousand people. And as a result of indirect causes associated with the use of hard liquor (accidents, murders, accidents, etc.), died hundreds of thousands of Russians. Growth rates of consumption of beverages with high ethanol content in Russia remains among the highest in Europe, informs the Interfax .

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