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Global Insights: Russia's Demographic Timebomb

Richard Weitz Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011

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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