Vintage Anti-Alcohol Posters in the Soviet Union
Russia has long been known for its alcohol consumption. Up until 2011, the country classified beer as a soft drink, so that should say something. In fact, even though it’s consumption has dropped in recent years, the country is still at the top somewhere.
And as most of us know, it’s fun to have a drink once in a while, but if you do it too often, other problems can arise. Even during the time of the Soviet Union, things weren’t any better. So, the state made several anti-alcohol posters and “plastered” them around towns and cities.
Neglecting children, breaking up families and missing work were things which plagued the Soviet Union, as well as other countries, for years. After all, vodka is a staple of the country. Even though the alcoholic drink was first attested in Poland in 1405, it is without a doubt a Slavic drink. In fact, the word “vodka” is a diminutive form of the Slavic word voda (water), interpreted as little water. So, you can draw your own conclusions by the name they chose for it.
In any case, enjoy these posters which were used to make the Russian people be a bit more responsible. If they actually worked or not, we don’t know, but nevertheless, they’re interesting and even funny to a certain extent.