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Russians need good wine, not vodka - Medvedev

23:38 22/08/2011
MOSCOW, August 22 (RIA Novosti)

Russia’s winemaking industry should be developed to help tackle widespread alcohol abuse, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday.

“Winemaking is one of the branches that should be developed and contribute to the eradication of alcoholism. Countries where this branch is strong, have no problems with alcohol abuse,” the president said at a meeting with the governor of Russia’s southern Krasnodar Territory, Alexander Tkachev.

Medvedev said problems with alcohol abuse stem from “other drinks.”

According to the Russian Ministry of Health, the per capita consumption of pure alcohol is around four gallons per person. Tens of thousands of Russians die of alcohol poisoning every year.

In the U.S., which has a population over twice as large, the number of deaths from alcohol poisoning remains stable at around 300 every year.

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  • zviadaAnswer is wine
    02:34, 23/08/2011
    If you wanted to tackle the problem you hadn't ban selling of Georgian wine. Problem is that Russian government doesn't care about their people at all.
  • KatRussia needs?
    11:12, 23/08/2011
    Russia needs to get back to its own produce and local foods and they need Medvedev to go!

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