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Russian alcohol consumption down 43%, WHO report says BBC.

In Moscow, the all-night kiosks crammed full of vodka, beer - and whole, dried fish taped to the glass - are long gone.

You can only buy alcohol in shops, or from delivery firms, until 11pm. That includes beer which wasn't even classed as booze in the old days.

So much for late night roadies as Putin's Russia takes a dramatic turn towards the health police.

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Russian alcohol consumption decreased by 43% from 2003 to 2016, a World Health Organization (WHO) report says.

It attributed the decline to a series of alcohol-control measures implemented by the state, and a push towards healthy lifestyles.

The WHO said the drop in alcohol consumption was linked to a significant rise in life expectancy.

It noted that Russia had previously been considered one of the heaviest-drinking countries in the world.

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