From the November 1972 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Russian Industry Hurt

MOSCOW, U.S.S.R--A government decree published on the front pages of all daily newspapers called for reduction in the number of vodka retailing outlets, prohibiting sales altogether near industrial plants, schools, hospitals, theaters, railroad stations, recreational facilities, and other heavily frequented places.

Although the social evils of drinking have long been publicized in the Soviet Union, the focus now appears to be shifting to the economic harm caused by alcoholism. A young woman economist, Raisa D. Savranskaya, reported recently that, even moderate drinking tended to reduce labor productivity the next day by 4 to 5% and heavier use of alcohol by as much as 30%.

-- Theodore Shabad

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