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The operation failed, but the patient survived. Varying assessments of the Soviet Union's last anti-alcohol campaign
Södertörn University, Avdelning 4, Sociology.
2001 (English)In: Communist and post-communist studies, ISSN 0967-067X, Vol. 34, no 2, 241-260 p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

From the mid 1980s mortality levels have fluctuated greatly in the former Soviet Union. After dropping substantially during the late 1980s, mortality rose to unprecedented levels during the early 1990s. The sharp fluctuations in mortality are commonly linked to variations in alcohol consumption in connection with the anti-alcohol campaign launched in 1985. This large-scale natural alcohol policy experiment has produced very mixed appraisal and this article provides a systematic review of the wide variety of judgments, focusing on goals, implementation, and effects on life expectancy, alcohol consumption, mortality, crime, etc. Deviant evaluations are in part ascribable to a general schism between narrowly focused epidemiological perspectives on public health interventions and broader social science approaches to political reform.

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2001. Vol. 34, no 2, 241-260 p.
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Anti-alcohol campaign, Mikhail Gorbachev, Public health, Soviet union, alcohol, health policy, mortality, alcohol intoxication, alcoholic beverage, article, drinking behavior, economics, education, ethnology, government, history, legal aspect, policy, psychological aspect, social welfare, social work, socioeconomics, USSR, Alcohol Drinking, Alcoholic Beverages, Alcoholic Intoxication, Government Programs, History, 20th Century, Public Policy, Socioeconomic Factors, Russian Federation
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Baltic and East European studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-24011DOI: 10.1016/S0967-067X(01)00004-6ISI: 000168882700006PubMedID: 19170273ScopusID: 2-s2.0-0035000037OAI: diva2:722112
Available from: 2014-06-05 Created: 2014-06-05 Last updated: 2014-06-05Bibliographically approved

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