Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Vodka makers may have to pay for addicts' treatment

Amid criticism from alcohol producers, a bill was introduced in the lower house of the Russian parliament (Duma) according to which
producers of vodka and other alcoholic beverages will have to pay for the treatment of chronic alcoholics.

Lawmaker Viktor Zvagelsky of the ruling United Russia party has introduced the bill which will bound the producers of alcoholic beverages to bear the 'moral and financial responsibility' and pay for the treatment of chronic alcoholics, according to a report.

Zvagelsky proposes to set a mandatory mechanism for compensation of damage to health of citizens caused by consuming alcoholic drinks

Earlier last month, Russian interior minister Rashid Nurgaliyev had recommended to restore the Soviet-era system of forced treatment of alcohol abusers.

According to the lawmaker, the alcohol producers will have to pay approximately four roubles for per litre of vodka produced by them into a self-regulated fund to finance the network of clinics and sanatoria involved in the treatment of alcoholics.
source: Times of India

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