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Vodka remains most popular New Year drink among Russians – chief drug abuse expert

January 13, 2012, 20:35 UTC+3
The total number of people seeking detoxification aid grew by ten percent in the past New Year night, as compared to the same period of the 2011 holidays
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MOSCOW, January 13 (Itar-Tass) —— The total number of people seeking detoxification aid grew by ten percent in the past New Year night, as compared to the same period of the 2011 holidays, Chief Drug and Alcohol Abuse Expert of the Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development Yevgeny Bryun told reporters on Friday.

In his words, vodka was the most popular drink of the holiday.

“By our analysis, the total number of seeking detoxification aid increased by ten percent this year’s holidays, as compared to the same period of 2011, and the index went up by 15-20 percent, as against December 2011,” he said, adding, “The speech is about thousands of people aged below 40.”

He is confident, “it is necessary to change the situation, when people drink too much. It is necessary to show them how to enjoy life in a natural way.”

Bryun supports the idea of the long New Year holidays, but he urges to keep a healthy lifestyle, instead of overeating and over-drinking.

He considered the crapulent custom to drink alcohol in the morning after the night before as “a foolish pseudo tradition.”

“Only an alcoholic can have a bad-head condition, while intoxication appears next day,” Bryun explained.

The Russian chief drug abuse expert told reporters how he marked the holiday.

“My wife and I drank champagne and went walking to a park,” he said. “On Monday, we visited relatives to congratulate on the holiday. Next day, we went to mountains to visit holy places,” Bryun said.

 

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