Russia without alcoholics, not real Russia

  The new crown pneumonia epidemic is raging in Russia. Under the quarantine policy, many Russians have begun to stay at home, and the sales of alcoholic beverages are significantly higher than in the past. In the eyes of many locals, alcohol may be taken away earlier than the new crown virus. The lives of relatives and friends.
  Indeed, there is probably no country where alcoholics are more famous than Russia. I remember that during the security check at the Moscow airport, a Russian uncle in front of the team was found to have half a bottle of vodka in his handbag. According to normal thinking, he would either check in or discard the wine, but he did not expect to make it. The third option: drink it! Yes, and drank it on the spot in one breath. The locals who lined up at the back didn’t seem to care, as if it were normal to do so.
  When they arrived on the plane, many Russian men asked the flight attendants for a small bottle of vodka. They drank and chatted behind the cabin. It seemed that they really liked drinking. They not only love to drink, but also love to get drunk, which also makes Russia famous for its many alcoholics.
  On a bus in St. Petersburg, I once met a drunk young man who complained loudly in his seat, and every person passing by him would be scolded by him. The conductor’s aunt on the bus was obviously not annoying, she seemed to have taken offense, and cursed at the drunkard. The young man’s arrogance was instantly stunned, and he was soon driven off at the next stop.
  Compared with these noisy alcoholics, in Russia there are more quiet alcoholics. Most of them lie on the benches in the park, and some people still hold tightly unfinished bottles in their hands. Some people simply lie on the ground on the side of the road until they wake up. Even in winter, we often see such scenes, and there are many people who can’t wake up again.
  Faced with so many alcoholics, passers-by will often see “Beware of alcoholics” warning signs at the door of roadside shops or hotels, reminding that there are often alcoholics passing by and pay attention to your own safety.
  It is said that many Russians drink at least 15 liters of pure alcohol in a year, and there is one “drunkard” in every seven Russians, and as many as 40,000 Russians die from alcoholism each year. To this end, the local government has also come up with various methods, and the most familiar to locals is the sober station.
  This is a special institution that provides sobering places for alcoholics. The police and medical professionals jointly provide services for drunks to ensure that drunks do not cause trouble on the street or go home to commit domestic violence. The history of sobering stations in Russia can be traced back to 1931, when Leningrad (now called St. Petersburg) opened the first sobering station. During the peak period, there were 1,200 sobering stations nationwide. Hearing from locals, the police would ask for the name and address of the drunk who was brought in, and take photos to keep them on file, then take off the clothes and shoes of the drunk and go to sleep in a collective sobering room. However, these services are not free. Sleeping and bathing in the sobering station will be charged according to the standard.
  Once it enters the winter, sobering stations in various places start to get busy. Usually two police officers patrol the streets, looking for drunk people who are drunk on the street or near restaurants, and take them back to the sobering station. This action can save The lives of many people. With the help of sober stations, the problem of alcoholism has improved in Russia in recent years.
  In order to reduce the harm caused by drinking, Russia has also imposed restrictions on the drinking age. In Russian supermarkets, all young people who buy alcohol must show their identity documents to prove that they are over 18 years old, otherwise the clerk has the right to refuse to sell. However, there are still people who think that the age setting is too low, hoping to increase the age threshold for permitted drinking to 21 years old.
  In recent years, some places in Russia have banned shops from selling alcohol on Saturdays and Sundays, or after 8pm. But no matter what, it still cannot completely stop the enthusiasm of Russian alcoholics.
  During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a rumor that alcohol can kill the COVID-19 virus in the human body, which caused a large number of Russians to start drinking. In fact, many people know that this method is ineffective, but they would rather believe it, but to find a proper reason for their drinking. It seems that it is harder to keep people here from drinking.