Russias Govt clamps down on drinks sales

Russia's Gov't clamps down on drinks sales

Russia's head of public health has called for a ban on all advertising for alcoholic drinks in the country, according to a report.

Gennady Onishchenko's call for a total ban on alcohol adverts comes only a day after authorities in Moscow said they would reduce the selling hours for spirits, according to a report in the RIA Novosti newswire today (19 August).

Russia's Government has made the battle against excess drinking in the country one of its priorities in 2010. Prime minister Vladimir Putin has labelled the nation's alcohol habit as "a scourge".

In January, ministers tripled tax on beer and introduced a minimum price on vodka of RUB89 (US$3) per half-litre. Further restrictions on alcohol sales are expected.