As drinking increases in Belarus, government declares war

  • 2006-08-02
  • By Valentinas Mite, RFE/RL
Drinking has become such a problem in Belarus that it is threatening the very existence of the nation. That, at least, is the view of sociologist Mikhail Zaleski, who specializes in the problems of alcohol abuse.He says that official statistics show that alcohol abuse has become one of the main causes of early death.Life expectancy for Belarusian males has fallen to 63 years and for females to 75. In neighboring Poland, the equivalent figures are 70 years for males and 79 years for females. Belarus also has one of the highest suicide rates in Europe."If you make a statistical model and re...
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