Sounds no different than current alcohol laws where I live(Texas/Arkansas). In fact, ours are even stricter as in Arkansas(some counties at least) you can't buy alcohol on Sundays, not to mention the fact that I live in a dry county(meaning alcohol can only be sold in restaurants with strict regulations). The loss of jobs does sound bad though, is the job market as bad in Russia as in the US?
who said anything about drivers? I fail to see how this would promote drunk driving, any more than liquor stores do.
we are talking about pedestrians.
They should also legalize drinking in public, and being drunk in public so long as your not causing a public disturbance, or not policing your empties. I for one, would love to enjoy a beer in the park.
I would also like to enjoy a hot cup of grog on a bitter winter day/eve, or cary whiskey in a flask as I photograph.
Seems more like a half-assed attempt to get alcohol abuse under control. On paper I imagine it looked great, but realistically it won't go very far in correcting the problem. I suppose it's a start, though.
Off-topic: Do Russia also sell something like Everclear (it is available in 90% or 75.5%)? I have tried both Everclear and vodka in the past; Everclear seem better than vodka, even though the former has higher alcoholic content.
The most concentrated stuff I have ever tried was Everclear with 75.5% alcohol by volume. (Illegal to buy or sell 90% in California.) This stuff is not bad, as long as it is methodically ingested. A sip, then a plenty of water (or plain carbonated water), wait for a while, then repeat. Meanwhile, take some nutritional supplements to lessen the toxic effects of acetaldehyde (ethanol is metabolized into acetaldehyde) to minimize hangover.