Just say noHere comes New Year
, a time of unrestrained excesses worldwide and I thought it might be well timed to have a visual reminder of the dangers we face when we raise our glass or grab a bottle.
These posters remind us of the Soviet Union’s
long-running struggle with a national plague, chronic drunkenness among a sizeable part of its male population. This fight took many forms including a total prohibition try during the Gorbatchev years, and state-employed artists provided dozens of images to move workers away from disastrous overdrinking habits.
This problem never really went away and a couple years ago, a new Russian law
restricted the sales of alcohol after certain hours, thus closing off the access to the wine and vodka
aisles in supermarkets. The St Petersburg
government recently added amendments
to widen the hours during which alcohol couldn’t be purchased.
With the growing prosperity and travel capacity, airlines are also faced with an increasing number of unruly passengers getting into brawls during flights
after excessive drinking
, and the authorities consider forbidding in-flight booze sales. I noticed myself when I flew on Aeroflot
earlier this year that the flight attendants
didn’t offer vodka anymore, you had to pay for it. Russia is not Russia anymore…
Prisonners of drinking
Diverse inner life
And they’re calling us pigs…
The worst ennemy of the black-marketeer
Down with drinkers – Say it Loud ! 1929
The ennemy of reason
Have mercy for the unborn child
Clean up !
Dad, don’t drink !
Eradicate this evil (1959)
Na Zdrovye… (1969)
No drunk workers (1966)
Not a drop ! (1961)
Remember you need to wake up early tomorrow morning
Cultural revolution (1930)
Drunkards out !
Change for the better
Don’t be drunk !
Behind vodka bars
Ennemy of the cultural revolution
Stop ! (1929)
Don’t dare ! (1989)
You drink, your family is hungry (1930)
Where is the family money ?
Was given wine, lost his mind
Bad for your heart
Vodka bad for production
Keep your head
The river starts with a trickle
Stop samogon ! [samogon is moonshine]
Time to stop this collective madness
Just switch labels [fruit juice in the place of 19%-strong white wine]
Modern anti-alcohol ad targeting womenOriginal text :Чрезмерное потребление пива влияет на женственность. Это приводит к ростуволос на лице и резкому запаху тела за счет увеличения мужских гормоновExcessive consumption of beer affects feminity. It leads to an increase infacial hair and body odor because of an increase in male hormones
Healthy family :Children : happiness of the family and the nation’s future (1950)