From the July 1979 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Soviet Teenagers, Too

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Per capita alcohol consumption in the Soviet Union is rising at a rate of 5%, and worried Soviet experts attribute most of the increase to teenage drinking.

Moreover, according to Professor Roman Lirmyan of the U.S.S.R.'s Ministry of Internal Affairs training academy, 90% of the Soviet Union's alcoholics made their first acquaintance with alcoholic beverages before the age of 15. A...

-- John Dornberg