Sad news everyone: that fun pub fact that you loved to trot out whenever Mother Russia came up in conversation will no longer be true soon. Yes, that’s right: Russia no longer officially recognises beer as a foodstuff, admitting finally that it’s an alcoholic beverage.
Using this odd loophole to their advantage, beer has been advertised whenever and wherever in Russia, served into the small hours, as well as being sold in gargantuan volumes.
With new Kremlin-lead laws, no beer can be now sold near schools or other public places, which will dramatically change public life in Russia – you know, what with it being in the top 5 biggest drinking countries in the world, with each Russian chugging down 32 pints of pure alcohol per head annually.
President Dmitry Medvedev has called the country’s drinking problem “a national disaster” in the past, but this beer legislation is far from a cure-all as most Russians view beer as a soft drink – preferring, as you’d expect, the harder stuff.
by The Punjapit Alliance