The incidence of alcoholism has increased in Russia

The incidence of alcoholism has increased in Russia

In Russia, the incidence of alcoholism has increased for the first time in ten years, according to the Rosstat report.

According to the department, from 2010 to 2021, the number of newly identified patients with alcohol addiction decreased by one hundred thousand: from 153.9 to 53.3 thousand people. In 2022, doctors identified 54,200 such patients.

Experts polled by “Kommersant” call the COVID-19 pandemic, socio-economic upheavals and “intensification of geopolitical confrontations” as the reasons for the increase in morbidity. In 2022, a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine began. In September of the same year, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the mobilization of Russians for the war, which turned out to be indefinite.

The Ministry of Health reported that during the pandemic in 2020, “the trend towards a decrease in alcohol consumption was disrupted”, in particular due to “stress from the pandemic”. The last acute phase of COVID-19 in Russia was in 2021.

Kommersant’s interlocutors also note that Rosstat’s data include only those who applied to state drug dispensaries. “In recent years, the number of people who apply anonymously to non-state institutions and are not included in the statistics is increasing,” says Vladimir Mendelevich from Kazan State Medical University.

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