MOSCOW - For the first time, beer is legally classified as liquor in Russia. This is done as part of an anti-alcohol campaign since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Beer previously classified as a type of food. But a new law will remove the "privilege" status of beer in Russia rules about alcohol in the 21st century.
"Normalize the production of the beer market and classify beer as alcohol is a very appropriate action. Because this will improve the health of our population," said Head of the Department of Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Specialist Yevgeny Bryun.
"We have discussed this subject to government regulation, and we will review more about this rule. As measuring consumer age limits beer. I personally applaud and raise the cap to move this government," he said as reported by Orange, on Friday (25 / 2 / 2011).
The new law would restrict the sale of beer at night, ban the sale in or close to many public places such as schools, and restrictions on cans and bottles to a maximum size of 0.33 liter.
Many Russians consider beer as a soft drink. Beer consumption in Russia has increased 300 percent in the last 15 years. This condition is triggered by the cheap price, product availability and the rules are so loose.
Seeing a man sipping a beer in their journey to work or teenagers guzzling beer at lunch on a park bench, it is common.