Is the State Duma finally seen the light?

The State Duma propose to ban the use of alcoholic beverages to 21 years. A bill to increase from 18 to 21 years of age citizens, which allowed sale and consumption (drinking) of alcohol and alcohol-containing products, introduced on Friday in the lower house.

"Today the Russian legislation envisages the purchase of alcoholic beverages on their own with the majority, ie, with the achievement of 18 years of age. However, according to sociological and psychological research, the 18-year-olds are not in a position to make an informed decision on the issue of alcohol use and alcohol consumption are usually influenced by their peers, "for the company," without thinking about the negative consequences for your health, "- said Anton Belyakov, author of the initiative, noting that in 21 years, "the young man finished high school or already working, will independently assess for themselves the need to use alcohol."

The explanatory memorandum to the bill states that to date, alcohol consumption in Russia per capita is almost two times higher than the limit value, defined by WHO as a life-threatening health effects. Currently in Russia per adult per year for 17 liters of ethanol (ethyl alcohol), whereas this figure should not exceed 8. The share of people who regularly consume alcohol is 76%, with the average age at which a person begins to drink alcohol regularly, in Russia for 14 years.

Belyakov pointed out that the situation is exacerbated by the fact that the increase in excise and other "restrictive" state action although it was in effect, but it still leads to the inevitable shift in demand towards cheaper, and therefore, most of surrogate alcohol. According to him, this raises the question not only the preservation of health, but also the preservation of the lives of most consumers.

In addition, changes to the existing legislation, equating beer with alcohol, according to Belyakov, "will not be fully effective until the drink will not be subject to restrictions on sale, similar to the limits for a strong alcoholic drinks, since it is a beer in recent years, becoming "a launching pad" for alcoholism Russian youth ", ITAR-TASS reported.

A similar bill was introduced by MP back in 2009, but has not been considered relevant committee. Because the law has changed since then, the deputy had to make it again.

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