Beer in Russia

Beer in Russia

Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013.

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Russian alcohol consumption is already twice the critical level set by the World Health Organization.

Although vodka has long been the traditional tipple in Russia, beer has soared in popularity, being marketed as a healthier alternative to spirits.

Before the bill, beer sales in Russia have risen more than 40% while vodka sales have fallen by nearly 30%.

Until 2011 anything containing less than 10% alcohol in Russia has been considered a foodstuff.

It all started changing in 2011 when then-president Dmitry Medvedev signed a bill that declared all beer technically alcohol. The law didn't come to life until 2013.

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