Russians drink less than German

Russia makes, according to a study by the world health organization (WHO) massive progress in the fight against alcohol. The consumption had declined from 2003 to 2016 by 43 percent, said the WHO on Tuesday. At the same time, life expectancy was dramatically increased.

“We are destroying a stereotype of Russia,” says the WHO expert Carina Ferreira-Borges, with a view to the Nation, in the global comparison, especially a lot of alcohol was consumed.

In 2003, approximately every Russian consumed an average of 20.4 litres of pure alcohol. In 2016, there were 11.7 liters. So that people in Russia drink less alcohol than in Germany: in Germany, the consumption at 13.4 litres of pure alcohol in the year 2016. However, the consumption of alcohol in Russia has been falling for some years.

As the WHO reported drinking men in Russia, on average, significantly more alcohol than women. In the year 2016, it was to 18.7 litres of pure alcohol for men and 5.8 liters for women.

“The Numbers are very clear and a consequence of various political initiatives,” says Ferreira-Borges. Russia have introduced a successful ban on minimum prices for alcohol, higher taxes and a nightly sale. Although the consumption is still one of the highest in the world. Nevertheless, Russia could be its policy in the fight against the high rate of mortality by alcohol consumption now a model for other States.

Life expectancy has increased significantly

The connection between a successful Anti-alcohol policy and a rising life expectancy is demonstrated on the example of Russia clearly said the scientist. The life expectancy had reached 68 years for men and 78 years for women, a historic high, says the WHO study. In comparison to the year 2003, the life expectancy for men has increased by nine years for women to six. This is according to the WHO, of course, not only on alcohol consumption, but it is from the point of view of the Agency is a crucial factor.

The evaluated data sets showed once more but also the deadly consequences of alcohol consumption, said Ferreira-Borges. The WHO has been saying for a Long time, the fact that alcohol is considered a cause of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Accidents and Homicide under the influence of alcohol on lists of the experts as the dangerous consequences of its use.