Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Beer-Battered Russia

A new revolution is taking place in Mother Russia: Beer is no longer considered 'food.'

As of today, it's official. Beer will be classified as 'alcohol' and will no longer be sold every twenty feet in street-side kiosks.

And it won't be sold between 11 pm and 8 am, like other alcoholic beverages.

Plus you won't be able to drink it just any place in public anymore. 

All this in attempt to curb Russia's epidemic drinking problem. Alcoholism is such a big deal in Russia that the World Health Organization doesn't expect most school age children to live until 60. And fully 50% of all deaths under 55 can be attributed to alcohol-related diseases. 

Yikes. Here's hoping the new legislation helps this great nation get a handle on its health. At least when it comes to drinking. 

Read the full Associated Press article about today's policy changes here. And more about Russia's ongoing alcohol challenges at

Looks like Ms. Functional is going to have to learn Russian. ;)