New Survey: More Than Third Russians Don’t Drink Alcohol

The All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM) presented data from a survey of Russians on the topic of alcohol consumption. The study results showed that more than a third of the country’s residents do not drink alcohol at all (38 per cent). Most often these are respondents over 60 years old (51 per cent). 

In turn, every fourth respondent drinks alcoholic beverages less often than once a month (25 per cent), 14 per cent of Russians drink alcohol approximately once a month and 18 per cent drink alcohol two or three times a month. In particular, young people aged 18 to 24 drink alcohol mostly once a month. The respondents aged 25 to 44 most often drink alcohol two to three times a month. Every day or several times a week, drink 1 per cent and 4 per cent of the respondents, respectively.

Most often, on a weekly basis and once or twice a month, Russians drink beer (7 per cent and 16 per cent). Wines and champagne are most often consumed less than once a month (24 per cent), as well as strong alcohol (18 per cent). Alcoholic cocktails were not popular among Russians, so 91 per cent of respondents do not drink them.

Experts noted an increase in the proportion of those who believe that all types of alcohol to one degree or another negatively affect people’s health (55 per cent in 2018 and 81 per cent in 2021). In turn, 15 per cent of respondents agree that there are harmless doses of alcoholic beverages (24 pp less than in 2018).

In addition, the respondents called wine the most “harmless” drink (39 per cent). In second place of the rating of safe alcoholic beverages among Russians are beer and vodka (14 per cent and 12 per cent, respectively). Cognac was called harmless by 8 per cent of Russians and house wines and liqueurs by 4 per cent of those surveyed.

Ru-Main, 15.07.2021 

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