Media: the Ministry of health is considering the idea of banning the sale of alcohol at the weekend

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Krauledat in fotoreceptori choosing beer in the Department of alcohol. Archival photoMedia: the Ministry of health is considering the idea of banning the sale of alcohol at the weekend© RIA Novosti / Alexander Krajevima the image Bank

The provision on the ban on the sale of alcohol at the weekend may appear in the Strategy of formation of healthy lifestyle of the population which is being drafted by the Ministry of health of Russia, the newspaper «Izvestia».

According to the newspaper, with the idea of a ban was made by the State research center for preventive medicine (NYCPM), Ministry of health, which believe that steps to combat the abuse of alcohol and prevention of alcoholism, the ongoing, is not enough.

As the paper explains, the draft Strategy developed by NYCPM the Ministry of health, in particular, States that public policy is not enough measures aimed at reducing the availability of alcohol by restricting and tight control of its retail sale at the place and time. «There are no restrictions on the sale of alcohol at the weekend», — quotes the edition of the text.

«We believe the measure limits the sale of alcohol on weekends effective. But this decision will be implemented — the Ministry of health decides in cooperation with other agencies», — told the newspaper in a press-service of NYCPM, adding that the Strategy implementation plan is in development.

As noted, after its approval at the interagency level will know how the proposal to ban sales of alcohol at the weekend may be implemented. «Such initiatives are discussed in the expert community», — explained in the Ministry of health.

The Ministry also reminded that the regions have the authority to establish restrictions of time, conditions and places of retail sale of alcoholic products, including a complete ban on the retail sale of alcoholic beverages.

Under Federal law, sales of alcoholic beverages in the country are allowed from 8 am to 11 PM, but local authorities can tighten these restrictions. So, in Chechnya, to buy alcohol only two hours a day – from 8 am to 10 am. In the Ulyanovsk region there is a ban on the sale of alcohol at the weekend.