Thirteen Startling Soviet-Era Anti-Alcohol Posters

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Mar 04 2016

Thirteen Startling Soviet-Era Anti-Alcohol Posters

Russia has been fighting a propaganda war against alcoholism since the early days of the USSR. Sadly with little success: Today Russia faces a massive drinking crisis, with some estimates suggesting that as many as 30 percent of deaths there are alcohol-related.

Ineffective as they might have been, Soviet-era anti-alcohol posters have a striking, ominous style all of their own. Here are 13 of them, with translations underneath:

 

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“The Trade”

 

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“Sick ‘Day Off’ No prescription needed for Stolychnaya.”

 

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“Alcohol brings family breakup, nuisance, car crashes, crime and white fever [delirium tremens].”

 

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“BEAT the cultural enemy of the revolution.”

 

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“Stop! Last Warning.”

 

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“Drunk father brings sadness to the family.
He is killing himself, his work and his family.
He’s drowned in alcoholism, his brains and his honor.”

 

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“If you want a healthy child, don’t drink.”

 

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“What could be bought for the children for the cost of a vodka bottle.”

 

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“To Our Health?”

 

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[Poster Behind] “Thunder you didn’t meet the quota, let the team down.”

“Today Drunk, Tomorrow Drunk. And as a result the goal is missed”

 

 

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“In this small glass an entire factory can drown.”

 

 

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“Shame!”

 

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“Crime Scene”