Russians are drinking less alcohol than two decades ago, increasing the life expectancy of the population as a whole, according to a new report.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), alcohol consumption in Russia has been steadily decreasing since 2003, when various control measures, such as higher taxes and minimum unit prices, were implemented.
There was also a fall in all-cause deaths during the same period of 2003, but with a particularly sharp decline in alcohol-related deaths.
All-cause mortality fell by 39% for men and 36% for women.
This has led Russia to reach its high historical life expectancy of 68 years for men and 78 years for women.
Carina Ferreira-Borges, manager of the WHO-Europe alcohol and illicit drug program, said she hoped Russia's example would induce other countries in Europe to follow the example of stricter alcohol regulations.
"The dramatic decline in the consumption of homemade, smuggled or illegally produced alcohol in the Russian Federation is attributable to the government's adoption of evidence-based alcohol control policies," she said.
"These results show that measures such as the introduction of monitoring systems, price increases and limited availability of alcohol work to save lives and health care costs."
"I believe other countries in Europe adopt similar policies to protect people's health."
The report says that reducing alcohol consumption can also bring other social benefits.
Dr. Bente Mikkelsen, director of the WHO Europe Division of Noncommunicable Diseases, said he could also "reduce the burden" of noncommunicable diseases.
It could help achieve the goal of reducing premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases by 33% by 2030, "he said.
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