Russia to Regulate Beer, Minors Not Yet Rioting

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"There, where Russia is."
It's no secret that Europe isn't as afraid of alcohol as we prudish Americans; parents routinely mix a little wine into their kids' water, and teenagers routinely know how to drink before heading off to university. French and Italians simply don't have the binge-drinking culture, so wantonly drunk people are considerably rarer on the streets of Milan or Marseille than they are on the streets of, say, Santa Ana.

Aaaaaand then there's Russia, where men at a business dinner will be exhorted by an angry-looking waitress to "drink, drink, you didn't even finish one bottle of vodka; what kind of men are you, anyway?"

So popular is vodka in Russia that lighter fermented beverages such as beer and kvass are considered soft drinks and sold from kiosks and vending machines. The Russians are famously hard-drinking, among the most prolific imbibers in the world.

Well, that's about to change, according to the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph: For the first time, beer will be considered alcohol and subject to the same restrictions as vodka. While this isn't quite as strict as the American experiment with teetotalling known as Prohibition, it is causing consternation, especially the part about the maximum container size being 33 centiliters (about 11 U.S. fluid ounces, or one sip short of a longneck beer bottle).

The Duma, Russia's parliament, is to be congratulated for the attempt, but we'd like to call attention to the fact that technically, alcohol in the United States is not available to under-21s, and of course nobody in the U.S. has ever had a sip of liquor before the age of majority. Of course not. Right?


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Sonoma Sam
Sonoma Sam

So the drinking age there is? The drinking age in most Europe is...

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My guess is the author has never set foot in Europe. Sorry to say you don't know what you're talking about.

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gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

One of the point of the piece was to annoy dumb nuts like you—and guess what?

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

I'm in Europe right now, actually, in Italy. There are certainly people who binge-drink here, but it's not part of the culture as it is in the US or Russia.

But do feel free to continue in your Herculean task of correcting the Internet.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Oh, I can't wait until Dave puts your troll ass in its proper place...

Denis Malakhov
Denis Malakhov

Hardly i can agree on that. From my experience german teenagers drinks much more comparing to russians. My last trip to Spain, where they messing around and getting things out of balcony (beds also) says that :)

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