In Russia virus lockdown, fears of a return to the bottle

Moscow (AFP) – Stuck in cramped flats and struggling with fears of the coronavirus and its economic impact, many Russians are worried about the return of an old demon.”When I found myself alone at home, the first thought I had was ‘ah, it’s a good time to get drunk,'” says Tatyana, a recovering alcoholic on lockdown in Moscow.”Not everyone manages to resist during confinement,” says the 50-year-old, who has been sober nearly seven years and is attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings online.Despite Russia’s reputation for hard drinking, alcoholism has been on the wane in the country for years, …

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