The Russian Beer Brewers' Union has welcomed the move to ban beer sales to persons under age.

In a statement from the chief of the Union's secretariat, Vyacheslav Mamontov at a round table conference in the lower house of parliament, the Union said: "The sale of beer to children under 18 must be banned by special legal and regulatory acts."

Until such an act comes into existence, brewers "will be prepared to conduct a dialogue with all those concerned, including legislators, with the aim to establish self-control in this sphere."

The Union said it is working on an emblem to place on beer bottles and cans to warn that the sale of beer to under 18-year-olds is prohibited.

At the conference, it was revealed that beer consumption by teenagers and youths has soared by 60% over the past five years.