Alcoholism in Russia (Outline Assignment)
by JVoisard on February 2, 2016 - 12:17am
The topic of my research paper will be the major social problem that is alcoholism in Russia. Although it is known that the rate of alcohol consumption has been historically high in this northern country, this problem seems to be getting worse as time passes. Alcohol consumption per capita has risen by a factor of 1.4 between 1989 and 2008, reaching a level of 15L of pure alcohol that is 1.9 times higher than the limit of 8L stated as dangerous by the WHO (Zaigraev, 2010, p. 4).
To better outline this phenomenon, my essay will be of an analytical nature. This will allow me to look at this problem in more depth than i could have if my essay would have been a comparative one, to contrast.
Alcoholism is deffinitly a social issue in the Russian Federation. This can be argued because we are not only talking about a few Russians that are drinking more than they should; we are are facing a staggering proportion of more or less 3.4% of the population which has the desease of alcoholism. This figure is 1.5 to 2 times higher than for the rest of European countries (Zaigraev, 2010, p. 4). Furthermore, up until the mid-1990s, alcohol-related death causes accounted for more or less 30% of all deaths per year in Russia (Nemstov, 2002, p. 1422).
- What are the historical factors that can help us understand why alcohol consumption is so prominent in Russia today?
- In what ways does alcohol abuse among the Russian population pose a threat to the health (here meant in a larger sense than just that of personal well-being) of their nation?
- What are the different solutions that are and should be applied in order to solute to this long-lasting problem?
The groups that will be analyzed in my paper will be of course the russian population, health organizations that have a saying in this situation, and the governments that ruled Russia (including Imperial, Soviet, and Modern Russia).
Zaigraev, G. G. (2010). Alcoholism and Drunkenness in Russia. Sociological Research, 49(6), 3-18. doi:10.2753/SOR1061 -0154490601
Nemtsov, A. (2002). Alcohol-related human losses in Russia in the 1980s and 1990s. Addiction, 97(11), 1413.