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Had I known, I would have been living in Russia

Post by Jags » Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:25 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14232970

Russia classifies beer as alcoholic

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a bill that officially classifies beer as alcoholic.

Until now anything containing less than 10% alcohol in Russia has been considered a foodstuff.

The move, signed into law on Wednesday, will allow ministers to control the sale of beer in the same way that spirits are controlled.

Russian alcohol consumption is already twice the critical level set by the World Health Organization.

Although vodka has long been the traditional tipple in Russia, beer has soared in popularity, being marketed as a healthier alternative to spirits.

Over the past decade, beer sales in Russia have risen more than 40% while vodka sales have fallen by nearly 30%.

Correspondents say it is common to see people swigging beer in the street and in parks as if they are drinking soft drinks.

It is not restricted to certain stores and is sold around the clock.

"The law brings some order into the sale of beer," Vadim Drobiz, director of the Centre for Federal and Regional Alcohol Market Studies, told US broadcaster Bloomberg.

Last year the Russian beer industry was hit by a 200% tax hike on its products as ministers sought to bring consumption under control.

The new measures - which come into effect in 2013 - will stop alcohol being sold in unlicensed kiosks, ban its sale from stores between certain hours and restrict its advertising.

In 2009 President Medvedev ordered the government to prepare draft laws on a package of measures to counter growing alcohol abuse.
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Re: Had I known, I would have been living in Russia

Post by Booz Hound » Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:28 pm

Beer has alcohol, huh, i've always considered beer as a great way to stay undrunk.
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Re: Had I known, I would have been living in Russia

Post by ThirstyDrunk » Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:33 pm

I don't care what anybody says, I'm sticking with the foodstuff classification. It's what I eat with my bourbon.
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Re: Had I known, I would have been living in Russia

Post by DeeboCools » Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:31 pm

There were tons of attempts in the Soviet era to curb Russia's drinking that failed. This is a repeat of all of the same shit.

I also consider beer a food. Actually, I consider all alcoholic beverages a food. A food that makes you more accident prone.
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Post by DeeboCools » Thu Aug 04, 2011 3:32 pm

perfect PSA:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkqjKf2QxNA

Sorry if the dude's not russian, I can't tell the difference between any slavic-sounding accents.
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Re: Had I known, I would have been living in Russia

Post by Bur » Thu Aug 04, 2011 3:46 pm

DeeboCools wrote:perfect PSA:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkqjKf2QxNA

Sorry if the dude's not russian, I can't tell the difference between any slavic-sounding accents.
Watched that video year or two back I think. I was just looking for drinking related videos and drinking cheap vodka. Just like tonight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=529XNu1mG3Y, first two and half minutes or so I think will work for people not from Finland as well.

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Post by DeeboCools » Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:51 pm

Bur wrote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=529XNu1mG3Y, first two and half minutes or so I think will work for people not from Finland as well.
Not bad. Here's another:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WlwumGkSec
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Post by Resident Asshole » Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:58 am

lol
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Post by coqui_chris » Sat Aug 06, 2011 1:08 pm

Is this Russia, Danny? This isn't Russia
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