Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Russia: Alcohol Abuse

The Daily Telegraph recently ran a series of photographs by Asian women photographers, here's an example by Tatiana Plotnikova that reminded me of a painting; it profoundly touched me.

Picture: © Tatiana Plotnikova, Russia 'Russia: Alcohol Abuse'.

Per capita consumption of alcohol in Russia is among the top ten highest in the world, and the problem continues to grow. The Balashov Narcological Clinic in the Saratov region is one of many scattered all over Russia to treat alcoholics. Many patients have already experienced the terrible torture of delirium tremens but cannot stop drinking, as very often entire families drink habitually, from generation to generation.

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