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Russians lose their favorite food BEER!

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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Is this an example of 'big government' over-regulating the business sector or it an attempt to increase public safety?


"The limits are part of a government effort to reduce alcohol abuse in Russian, where one in five male deaths are linked to booze, according to world health experts," reports NBC News. More specifically, "The average Russian drinks the equivalent of 32 pints of pure alcohol per year and about 500,000 deaths annually are thought to be drink-related.

That includes a large number of about 30,000 annual road accident deaths and of several thousand cases of drowning," reports The Telegraph. According to NBC, beer won't be available at "street kiosks, gas stations and bus depots like it has been" at least not between the hours of 11 p.m. and 8 a.m.

The law also changes beer's classification from a food to an alcoholic beverage, meaning it can't be sold in any store from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.

If the cigarette sales ban comes into effect on top of the beer sales prohibition, about 175,000 kiosks across the country could be forced to close, at the cost of some 500,000 jobs, the Ministry for Economic Development estimates, according to Interfax.



Who the hell needs beer at a bus station?!

Here we thought the food lobby buying Congressional members and making them support tomato paste as a veggie was outlandish. BEER was a food until last night in Russia!

I'd like their food pyramid!:P

Could you imagine the right wing hysteria if President Obama tried to implement policies that might directly put potentially 500,000 people out of work in the name of public safety?

The Russian measure doesn't even address the problem of alcohol abuse, it just makes booze slightly more difficult to obtain.


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Stormofshadows Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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?
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Probably worse Russian job market than the US.

Yeah I know all about the dry zones, I only hit the beach in NJ in dry areas. Limits the amount of trailer trash on the beach.
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Sheepy94 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
As long as it doesn't affect vodka, I'm sure they won't notice.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Vodka = civil war:P
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Sheepy94 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
They're very serious when it comes to vodka, you know.
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I hear that sometimes
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macker33 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Feckin liberals
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:iconpuddelbal:
puddelbal Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Protecting the public. What in the world are those pinkos thinking?
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I don't think Russia has liberals in Putin's house
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macker33 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm ok with putin.
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He's a greedy prick. I'll never understood why so many people think he's awesome.
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macker33 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hes a politicion, of course hes going to be a greedy prick.

Any guy who can give pussy riot two years is ok in my book.
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They don't even deserve 1 year.
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:iconmacker33:
macker33 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
3 years hard labour. Theyre crap anyway so make it 4.
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:iconcosmic--chaos:
Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a lousy thing to say.
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HGWizard Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
In America, you drink beer, In soviet Russia, Beer drink you!!!
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
:iconallthethingsplz:
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TheRedSnifit Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
In other news, the world is shocked to discover that there's no real Russian equivelant for "cheers".
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Don't they just say 'cheers'?
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TheRedSnifit Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I don't think that's a Russian word.
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:iconkeydan:
Keydan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
We make toasts, always. Even a short one like "to health" or "for happiness" will will do.
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ScottaHemi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that explains all those car crash YouTube videos from Russia...
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Black-Allison Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Is there a law in Russia that all cars must have cameras in them, or do Russians just put cameras in their cars in hopes of catching some stupid shit (which seems to happen daily)?
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:iconkeydan:
Keydan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
There so much bullshit on the road that sometimes, to prove your innocence, it's better to have a video. Insistently one might film some funny shit.
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
They never end too. I like the recent one with the cows.
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ScottaHemi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah that one was pretty hilarious XD. i'm more surprised they survived though.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I like how they just got up and walked away.
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JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Its over-regulation.

Like what we have in NJ, and it sucks.

Good luck Russia.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
NJ never had to ban street side kiosks selling booze:P
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JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
NJ would suck a lot less if there were street vendors selling booze.

Or even if they sold hot grog on the streets like they do this time of year in deutchland.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
No way man, NJ has enough problems as it is without every driver being blitzed.
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JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
roadside kiosks serve roadsides
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Gonshyk Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In my country is well known proverb Vodka whisout beer is money for nothing. We spit at rules like that:)
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Your country rocks:headbang:
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bryosgirl Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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.
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JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
like open container/drinking in public laws in the US of A....

It worked great

/sarcasm
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bryosgirl Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Like I said, probably looked good on paper, but won't work in the real world.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Indeed!:icongangsterplz:
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Debit Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
everclear is 95% alcohol by volume or 190 proof. The strongest liquor you can buy period.

It works great for making tincantures, and works better than rubbing alcohol for cleaning/degreasing things, and other solutions than rubbing alcohol (less impurities).

Drink it, your insane.
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Debit Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
95% is not sold in California, however. The state law forbids anything greater than 75.5%. Oh, well. I would not try anything in excess of 75.5% though.
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JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
in NJ its 95% alcohol.

It works better than rubing alcohol for cleaning electronics because it leaves less of a residue than 90%.
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MaceRider Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not that I've seen. I think extremely pure ethanol like that is only available for medical use, and even then I'm not sure if it's that strong.
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Debit Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
everclear is 95% alcohol by volume.
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MaceRider Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What's the point in drinking Everclear, if you're going to take big sips of water and dilute it in the end? Just so you can act like you've got big balls because you're drinking Everclear*

* diluted to the level of regular 80 proof vodka or even less when you factor in how much water you drink as a chaser

I'm not trying to be a dick about it, it just seems pointless.
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
The point is to get blasted to the point of risking your eyesight (and life).
or making crack
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MaceRider Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't people only go blind if they drink methanol instead of ethanol?
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:iconjackmolotov3:
JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
at much smaller doses, methanol, and isoprophal are poisonous in trace amounts, and you will go blind in far smaller amounts.
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