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Distribution of Russian population 2005-2016, by drinking status

Within the population of Russia between 2005 and 2016, the share of current drinkers, or those who consumed alcoholic beverages over the past 12 months, decreased by 12 percent, measuring at 58 percent of the total in 2016. In the same year, 27 percent of Russians were considered lifetime abstainers, referring to the persons who never consumed alcohol.

Distribution of population in Russia from 2005 to 2016, by drinking status*

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Release date

October 2019



Survey time period

2005 to 2016

Age group

15 years and older

Supplementary notes

* The source specified the following definitions in Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health, pages 38-39:
"Lifetime abstainers: people who have never consumed alcohol.
Former drinkers: people who have previously consumed alcohol but who have not done so in the previous 12-month period.
Current drinkers: the percentage of those in the population aged 15 years and older who have consumed alcoholic beverages in the previous 12-month period."

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