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Edited by on February 24 2011 at 8:29 AM

Russians and I have always had much in common. Aside from our love of Naomi Campbell, they never regarded beer as alcohol. But that is about to change.

Russia to Become a Little Less Fun

Since “many ordinary Russians regard beer as a soft drink,” consumption of the brew has tripled in the past 15 years. The Russian government estimates that the average Russian consumes 32 pints of pure alcohol a year, which is more than double the recommended maximum of the World Health Organization.


But now, with the population dwindling and President Dmitry Medvedev claiming the country’s drinking is a “national disaster,” Russia is now classifying beer as an alcoholic beverage.

I often thought, much like the Irish, that “alcoholism” was never seen as a problem for the Russians so much as a source of national pride. What disheartening news to wake up drunk to. Next thing you know they’ll start classifying Naomi Campbell as a national disaster just like the rest of the world. The times they are a-changin’.

Link Love: The Daily Telegraph

Photo: English Russia (I literally Googled “drunk Russian” and this came up. Awesome x 2)

Story by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester at