A new report released by the World Health Organization on the dangers of alcoholism and its impact on overall health highlights the urgency of Russia's alcoholism crisis, itself just one part of the country's broader demographic challenges. Insomuch as it contributes to Russia's demographic meltdown, Russian leaders see alcoholism as a threat to their country's national security.

Global Insights: Russia's Demographic Timebomb

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A new report released on Feb. 11 by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the dangers of alcoholism and its impact on overall health highlights the urgency of Russia's alcoholism crisis, itself just one part of the country's broader demographic challenges. Official WHO (.pdf) and Russian statistics paint a horrifying picture on this subject for Russia's population of 140 million:

- Russians 16 and older drink the equivalent of roughly four gallons of pure alcohol per capita each year, almost twice the amount of their American counterparts. ...

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