SOVIET SOCIAL REFORM IN THE 1980'S: THE ANTI-ALCOHOL CAMPAIGN AS ANTIDOTE FOR A FLAGGING ECONOMY

Authors
  1. Reid, C.V.
Corporate Authors
Operational Research and Analysis Establishment, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Directorate of Mathematics and Statistics
Abstract
Over the last five years the CPSU has imposed a series of socio-economic measures on Soviet society, labour discipline and educational reform, in order to boost economic growth. The current anti-alcohol campaign is not popular among the general population and within the CPSU. Alcohol abuse is a growing phenomenon in the Soviet Union, particularly among the Slavic and Baltic sectors of the population. The principal ministries and some of the ministers involved in the campaign, that is, the police, judiciary, health and food ministries, have opposed Gorbachev's temperance movement. Gorbachev's forces believe that labour production will increase 10% if the labour force is deprived of alcohol. In an effort to improve the moral integrity of the party and to set a good example, Gorbachev has insisted that CPSU members be the first to give up drinking.
Report Number
ORAE-EXTRA-MURAL-PAPER-41 — Extra-Mural Paper
Date of publication
15 Jul 1986
Number of Pages
118
DSTKIM No
86-03677
CANDIS No
98354
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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