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One of the most dramatic and revolutionary changes in Russian history is the restriction of the consumption of alcohol Mikhail Gorbachev instituted his anti-alcohol campaign on May 16 1985 in order to decrease alcohol consumption by Soviet citizens and instead teach them the rewards of moderation Some such rewards were a better life at home with their families more advancement in their jobs and better overall health Although Gorbachevs anti-alcohol campaign was effective in generating some positive changes it eventually failed causing resentment toward the leadership worsening health issues creating illegal alcohol production markets and increasing the budget deficit When Gorbachev was fifteen he went out one day with his father and his harvesting team The mechanics decided that it would be funny to play a joke on the young boy They gave him a drink of pure alcohol and told him that it was vodka He drank it and it utterly disgusted him This was an important lesson to him It made him not like alcohol therefore making him want others to stay away from it This could have saved his nation Gorbachev noted After that experience I have never felt any pleasure in drinking vodka or spirits Gorbachev 37 That is important because if he had liked alcohol there most likely never would have been any anti-alcohol campaign Temperance was the rule in the Gorbachev household on holidays the men might take one shot glass of vodka or cognac in celebration no more Smith 38 The Gorbachev family is an example of how alcohol should have been used in Russia They drank in moderation as opposed to others who drank simply to get drunk and were unable to control themselves while drinking Gorbachev wanted others to be able to drink as they did and he tried to set a good example in order to get his point across However his plans didnt work out as he had suspected Gorbachev saw alcoholism as an
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