TABLE 7-6 Selected Data on Alcohol-Related Accidents and Law Enforcement Intervention, Russia, in Thousands

Intervention

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

Persons sentenced for driving while under the influence

13.5

27.3

35.9

42.3

41.4

44.1

Road accidents caused by intoxicated drivers

30.1

26.5

27.1

32.0

39.1

38.0

Road deaths caused by intoxicated drivers

6.6

5.2

5.2

6.3

8.0

8.1

Road injuries caused by intoxicated drivers

32.9

28.3

30.8

36.8

45.0

43.8

Persons arrested/fined for public drinking and disorderly conduct

n.a.

n.a.

5.9

5.6

5.4

5.4

Persons fined for buying samogon

n.a

n.a.

64.5

70.0

48.7

55.6

Reported cases samogon production

48.9

122.2

74.8

7.1

3.4

2.9

Crimes committed while intoxicated

n.a.

n.a.

n.a.

266.4

310.5

335.3

Persons denied parental rights

16.8

11.1

8.0

6.5

5.7

6.0

Persons denied civil rights

18.5

19.5

15.8

14.0

10.

8.4

n.a. = not available

SOURCES: Vestnik Statistiki (1989:56-57); Vestnik Statistiki (1991:64-65); Goskomstat. RSFSR (1991:93-107); Statkomitet SNG (1994:486).

statistical series on mortality, morbidity, and alcohol-related social disturbances showed significant and rapid improvement during the campaign.

Many Western and Russian specialists, not unreasonably, link the restrictive measures of the campaign and drastic cuts in per capita consumption of alcohol to reduced mortality, decreased incidence of crime, and other beneficial social and health effects. Thus, according to the standard Soviet statistical handbook for 1987, "The average number of deaths in 1986 and 1987 compared to 1984 had



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