MP Calls to Raise Drinking Age

A draft law raising the drinking age from 18 to 21 has been submitted to Parliament.

‘Today, alcohol consumption in Russia per capita is almost twice the maximum of the level allowed by the WHO’s recommendations ... An average adult consumes 17 litters of ethanol per year whereas this figure should not exceed eight’, said the author of the law MP Belyakov.

Three out of every four Russians drink. The average age at which people start drinking regularly is 14 years old. Every year 75,200 people die from alcohol, two times more than all casualties in the Afghan and the Chechen wars taken together.