Basically, alcohol dependence affects citizens aged 30 to 50 years. This was stated to “RIA Novosti” by the chief freelance specialist psychiatrist-narcologist of the Ministry of Health of Russia and the Moscow Department of Health Yevgeny Brun on Friday, September 11.
According to him, the formation of alcohol abuse takes five to ten years. “Therefore, the peak of alcohol problems falls on the age after 30. From 30 to 50 – this is the bulk of our patients with alcoholism,” the expert said.
Brune, citing data from Rosalkogolregulirovanie, notes that in the first weeks after the start of quarantine, alcohol sales increased, but the demand for drug treatment during the period of self-isolation fell.
The narcologist added that people who in ordinary life are considered healthy began to abuse alcohol during the period of self-isolation. However, after the restrictions were lifted, the number of alcohol abusers among those who were previously considered formally healthy increased.
After the end of self-isolation, Rosalkogolregulirovanie recorded a drop in alcohol sales. According to the specialist, this indicates the normalization of the situation.
According to statistics from the operator of fiscal data “Taxcom” as of August 10, the sale of alcoholic beverages in Russia from March to July decreased by 15% compared to the same period last year.
The only alcoholic beverage that saw an increase in sales was cider, which was purchased more frequently by 7%.