(Image Source: The Telegraph

BY SCOTT MALONE

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

After ringing in the new year, people in Russia are sobering up to the news that beer will now be considered an alcoholic beverage. Yes, we’re being serious.

Until now, beer was considered a soft drink because it had less than 10 percent alcohol content. So in eyes of the government buying beer was just like buying a bottle of water. The new law says beer can’t be sold anywhere between 11pm and 8am, and can’t be advertised on TV. (Via Al Jazeera)

According to NBC News, the limits are part of a government effort to reduce alcohol abuse in Russia, where one-in-five male deaths are linked to booze.

Not everyone is toasting the change. A writer for The Telegraph spoke to the chairman of the Union of Russian Brewers, who says trying to create a “last call” on beer could be more damaging to people’s health.

“It will be tougher if you want to buy a beer on the way home from work … So you have to stock at home. And … it’s much easier to buy two bottles of vodka [than a case of beer] … This attempt to improve health and lower alcoholism could have the opposite effect and cause people to drink more harmful spirits.”

But a writer for the Atlantic Wire takes a more humorous view, saying of the sale restrictions: “That’s what bars are for.”

The government also raised the minimum price of vodka as part of the new law. Stay with us for coverage of the inevitable riots. 

Beer Now Officially Considered ‘Alcohol’ in Russia

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Jan 1, 2013

Beer Now Officially Considered ‘Alcohol’ in Russia

(Image Source: The Telegraph

BY SCOTT MALONE

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

After ringing in the new year, people in Russia are sobering up to the news that beer will now be considered an alcoholic beverage. Yes, we’re being serious.

Until now, beer was considered a soft drink because it had less than 10 percent alcohol content. So in eyes of the government buying beer was just like buying a bottle of water. The new law says beer can’t be sold anywhere between 11pm and 8am, and can’t be advertised on TV. (Via Al Jazeera)

According to NBC News, the limits are part of a government effort to reduce alcohol abuse in Russia, where one-in-five male deaths are linked to booze.

Not everyone is toasting the change. A writer for The Telegraph spoke to the chairman of the Union of Russian Brewers, who says trying to create a “last call” on beer could be more damaging to people’s health.

“It will be tougher if you want to buy a beer on the way home from work … So you have to stock at home. And … it’s much easier to buy two bottles of vodka [than a case of beer] … This attempt to improve health and lower alcoholism could have the opposite effect and cause people to drink more harmful spirits.”

But a writer for the Atlantic Wire takes a more humorous view, saying of the sale restrictions: “That’s what bars are for.”

The government also raised the minimum price of vodka as part of the new law. Stay with us for coverage of the inevitable riots. 

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