Russia Sets Minimum Price For Vodka

The Russian government has set a minimum price for vodka that more than doubles the cost of the cheapest vodka on the market in an effort to fight rampant alcoholism.

The measure also is aimed at reducing the extraordinary number of deaths caused by drinking in Russia.

The minimum price of 89 rubles ($3) for a half liter of vodka (17 ounces) went into effect Friday, the start of the 12-day New Year's and Orthodox Christmas holiday, when alcohol consumption is at its highest.

President Dmitry Medvedev has publicly decried Russia's drinking problem and its effect on the nation's well being.

A study published last year in The Lancet medical journal said drinking has caused more than half of deaths among Russians aged 15 to 54 since the 1991 Soviet collapse.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 4, 2010 at 10:18 AM
    CM Punk: Grown ups can make their own choices, and your choice is to do that. That's fine. That doesn't mean that someone else enjoying the occasional cocktail in the evening, in their own home, is weak. If you have a weakness that necessitates abstinence, then good for you that you abstain. The fact is, it's also documented that a glass of wine is good for your heart health - do some reading. If you want to address your comments to someone who is continually blotto, that's a different matter, but it doesn't apply to the ordinary individual that can take it or leave it at will.
  • by CM Punk Location: Chicago, IL on Jan 3, 2010 at 10:49 AM
    I am straight edge meaning I'm drug-free and alcohol-free. I challenge every one of you to be as strong as I am. Strong enough to just say no and throw up an X. Join me in my Straight Edge revolution, or fall behind with the rest of society who drink poison just to get a high or smoke a cig to calm the nerves. I'm strong enough to go through life without a crutch and I challenge you to do the same.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Jan 2, 2010 at 09:53 PM
    WITN, how does this affect vodka sold here? And does it apply to vodka imported from other countries? As for my comment, I can't stand vodka and this article makes me glad that rum is my liquor of choice when I choose to drink liquor (which isn't even often -- I actually cook with more alcohol than I ingest).
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Jan 2, 2010 at 02:26 PM
    Our U.S. government officials, including the president, enjoy a toddy/cold beverage/decanter of wine. I don't see this as a world-wide affectation.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 2, 2010 at 11:32 AM
    The vodka I like is from Poland... so I guess the price won't be affected. :-D
  • by Anonymous on Jan 2, 2010 at 11:14 AM
    Why not? If we stay here, it's turning into a socialized country anyway.
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Jan 2, 2010 at 10:26 AM
    Lmao, it looks like the US isn't the only place where rampant liberalism thrives.
  • by Rumrunner Location: ENC on Jan 2, 2010 at 09:22 AM
    This should open some job openings for some NC bootleggers. Anyone want to move to Russia?
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