Thursday, 12 Apr, 2007 Offbeat

2.3 million alcoholics live in Russia


When the world saw the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia found itself in a difficult situation. Then the situation worsened and today the number of alcoholics has tripled in comparison with 1991. In average the statistics show that one person in Russia consumes about 34 litres of vodka a year.

In his report, Gennadi Onichenko, Russia's chief medical officer, stated that the nation is currently facing a serious problem. Statistics show that in 2005 there were about 2,348,567 registered alcoholics in Russia. Besides drinking vodka and beer, Russiab alcoholics consume quite dubious liquid substances, including perfume and home-made vodka.

The expert at the psychiatric institute in Moscow, Alexander Nemtsov, told the Russian newspaper "Isvestiya" that one out of three death in Russia has a direct or indirect connection with alcohol consumption.

About 72% of all murders are linked to alcohol. For the same reason 42% of people commit suicide and 52,6% fall into the category of traumatic incidents. Professor Nemtsov outlined that with alcohol's help Russia looses from 500,000 to 750,000 people.

Russia's leading narcologist, Alexey Christyakov, who works at Moscow's Alco-Med Centre said that the main reason why Russia has a huge number of alcoholics is that the country passed through very hard times, including revolutions. A lot of people lost their homes and were not able to find a new shelter.

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//18 Nov 24, 2010 05:06 AM | posted by: A Person
63 votes

//17 Jan 31, 2010 03:04 AM | posted by: Del
How many of those stupid comments above about the Russian people are from people who have visited the country and met these incredible people. Yes the nation has problems - it is in its infancy and has a history of suppression like few others. Now exposed to western ways in a short period of time and left to its own devices to evolve, it isn't surprising that it is not matching the western statistics. Their history shows remarkable durability, they will pull themselves out of any problem that the west perceives.
64 votes

//16 Feb 04, 2009 01:37 AM | posted by: me
Who cares!
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//15 Dec 09, 2008 05:58 PM | posted by: .....
wow! you ppl are funny!
55 votes

//14 Oct 07, 2008 07:14 PM | posted by: sharaeff [InfoMANIAC]
2.3 millions it's just official data, what about all those who remained unregistered?? And who said that Russians are weak?? It's not true!!!! They're brave!!!!
57 votes

//13 Aug 24, 2008 03:38 AM | posted by: uhhhhh
im confused is this a crisis................................. a lot of ppl drink............ so what if they do it alot?????
61 votes

//12 May 10, 2008 06:29 AM | posted by: aj
why is this important to the united states.
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//11 May 08, 2008 09:07 PM | posted by: monky dock
well i think that they should be more responsible and should pay more taxes
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//10 Mar 11, 2008 08:05 AM | posted by: Seriously
You're a bunch of sheltered, uncultured ignorantos.

"Russians are just weak"??
Life in Russia is not particularly easy, and alcoholism is NOT something that you should joke about.

"maybe they can't handle alcohol like us americans"
Yeah like your Bud Light and PBR? Oh now that is REALLY hardcore! Because you Americans are so much better at everything, right?

Seriously, think before you say stupid things like that.
58 votes

//9 Feb 20, 2008 02:12 AM | posted by: lillunchin
Life in Russia is just difficult to cope with, they went from being a communist country to being left to fend for themselves, and after the devastation of World War II they haven't been able to pick themselves back up as a whole. It's sad to read this article.
62 votes

//8 Jan 25, 2008 04:23 AM | posted by: kristine
that is so damn sad that this many people drink in one year. No wonder why people are so poor in Russia, its because they spend too much time DRINKING AND WASTING THEIR LIVES!!!!!!
49 votes

//7 Nov 30, 2007 04:46 AM | posted by: babyyG
Really, they're just not responsible drinkers and it's sadd :)
48 votes

//6 Oct 08, 2007 04:19 AM | posted by: big
maybe they can't handle alcohol like us americans
54 votes

//5 Sep 24, 2007 10:03 AM | posted by: A Nurse
All alcoholics... Time to get treated by Dr. Nazaraliev, in Bishkek. Otherwise, you'll all drop dead soon!
66 votes

//4 Jun 29, 2007 11:44 PM | posted by: mrsjacksparrow
uh, what was the point of this article again?
60 votes

//3 Apr 17, 2007 01:44 AM | posted by: john baker
is it not because vodka makes them feel warm
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//2 Apr 14, 2007 11:00 AM | posted by: grumbler [InfoMANIAC]
i guess russians are just weak
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//1 Apr 14, 2007 08:00 AM | posted by: PS
Really, what makes you think so???

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