Arkhangelsk pioneer to ban low-alcohol products

Arkhangelsk region was the first region, where a ban on the sale of alcoholic drinks. The law will come into force on 1 July 2012.

Arkhangelsk Region Governor Igor Orlov signed a law establishing a complete ban retail sales of low alcohol products in the region.
According to the legal department of the regional administration, in particular, the law prohibits the retail sale of alcoholic beverages containing ethyl alcohol from 0.5 to 9% of the finished product, wine beverages containing ethyl alcohol from 1.5 to 9% of the finished products and beverages, produced on the basis of beer (beer drinks).

The restrictions primarily relate to drinks such as "Gin and tonic", "Vodka Lemon", etc. This prohibition does not apply to hard liquor, wine and champagne.

In the administration of the region specify that a legislative initiative to ban the retail sale of low-alcohol products made deputy regional parliament Victor Dawn, whose proposal was unanimously supported by his colleagues.

The regional government is also noted that in the region in recent years dramatically increased the number of admissions to hospital of young people with severe poisoning soft drinks.

MPs in the region are going to present their legislative initiatives to the State Duma in order to improve the federal legislation in the sphere of circulation of alcoholic products, said the legal department of the Arkhangelsk region.

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