The Russian parliament recently reclassified beer as alcohol, not as food. Although vodka is still the most popular alcoholic drink in the country by far, beer consumption has grown enormously. Currently Russia ranks third (behind the U.S. and China) in beer consumption.
Many Russians consider beer a soft drink and consume it for lunch or on the way to work, therefore Russians could benefit from drug and alcohol training so they are aware of the risks and effects. With this perception and a love of vodka, Russians drink an average of 32 pints of alcohol a year, double the maximum recommendation by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Drug and alcohol training is important to educate employees, and Working Partners considers training an important part of a drug free workplace program.