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Friday, December 04, 2009

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I assisted on a recent translation of a Russian manuscript by Alexandr Nemtsov relating to this issue. His book "A Contemporary History of Alcohol in Russia" (English title) addresses binge drinking in the context of Russia's alcohol control experiments of the 80's and consumption patterns subsequent to the collapse of communism. It also challenges other misconceptions the West has about habits of consumption. It's a sobering read. The translation was supported by the World Bank and edited by Denny Vågerö, the Swedish epidemiologist. Nemtsov's conclusions on the matter are concise, but reflect a lot of Sweden's current policies on the sale and consumption of alcohol.

Drinking is certainly not healthy and you should avoid it at all costs.

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