During non-working days in Russia, it is necessary to restrict the sale of strong alcoholic beverages. This opinion is held by the chief narcologist of the Ministry of health Eugene Brun.
In a conversation with the Interfax Agency, the expert said that it is not necessary to introduce a dry law. At the same time, he positively assessed such a decision taken for Yakutia and Transbaikalia.
“We know that the Yakuts, like other indigenous peoples of Siberia, have problems with enzymes that process alcohol. Therefore, it is even more disastrous for them against the background of the coronavirus epidemic, ” he said.
Commenting on reports of allegedly increased sales of alcohol, Brun suggested that “people are stocking up for the future”, and complained that many do not understand the harmful effects of alcohol on the body during infectious diseases.
“Smoking and alcohol worsen the course of the disease and increase the infectious power of the virus, its virulence,” he stressed.
Earlier, the initiative to restrict the sale of alcohol was expressed in the state Duma and the Public chamber. The idea is supported by the former chief sanitary doctor of the Russian Federation, Deputy Gennady Onishchenko. According to him, such a measure should be introduced for the duration of anti-epidemic measures. At the same time, such decisions should be made by local authorities, believes Onishchenko, writes RIA Novosti.
In the TRANS-Baikal territory, a ban on the sale of alcohol was introduced in the period from 2 to 6 April, further restrictions will apply. The decision was made due to numerous violations of the residents ‘ self-isolation regime.
In the Krasnoyarsk territory from April 2, you can buy alcohol from 10: 00 to 18: 00. Similar measures are in effect in Bashkiria.
The Ministry of industry and trade urged not to change the regime of alcohol sales unless absolutely necessary. Members of the Union of alcohol producers (SPAP), the Association of retail companies (ACORT) and OPORA Russia asked Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin to help lift restrictions imposed in the regions.