Russian government admits ‘beer is an alcoholic drink’

Russian government passes bill

classifying beer as an alcoholic drink

Today in Moscow, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a bill that officially classifies beer as an alcoholic beverage. Until now any drink containing less than 10% alcohol in Russia has been considered food. This will allow the authorities to control the sale of beer in the same way that spirits are controlled.

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Beer – It’s what’s for dinner

 

Yes Virginia, there is alcohol in beer

Although vodka has long been the traditional alcoholic beverage of choice in Russia, beer has soared in popularity, being marketed as a healthier alternative to spirits. Russian alcohol consumption is already twice the critical level set by the World Health Organization. Over the past decade, beer sales in Russia have risen more than 40% while vodka sales have fallen by nearly 30%.

Reporters for the BBC say it is common to see people swigging beer in the street and in parks as if they are drinking soft drinks.

Last year the Russian beer industry was hit by a 200% tax hike on its products as ministers sought to bring consumption under control

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Would you like some fries with that?

 
Holte Ender thinks that if beer was classified as food in Russia, it explains a lot.
 

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4 Responses to Russian government admits ‘beer is an alcoholic drink’

  1. The Lawyer

    July 22, 2011 at 11:13 am

    That must explain the popularity of the borsch and beer diet in Russia.

    • Holte Ender

      July 22, 2011 at 11:17 am

      Been drinking my food for years.

  2. OutlawWilly

    August 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

    OK. You realise that “Russian” beer in your photo is not Russian at all. That is Sleeman Original Draught. Totally and thoroughly a Canadian beer. ( I know, it is nit picky, but meh.) Cheers.

    • Holte Ender

      August 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      I always thought Maptobckoe was a Russian Porter, well I stand corrected. It at least it looks Russian.

      Thanks for stopping by OutlawWillie. Cheers.