Russian winter warmer, booze deaths down

Winter has been unusually mild in much of Russia this season

Interfax quoted center director Pavel Shapkin as saying less severe winter weather reduces “the alcohol burden on the population. As a result, the negative consequences of alcohol use go down sharply.”

This winter has been the warmest ever recorded in Russia, with Moscow seeing little snow and temperatures generally staying above freezing.

———

Follow all AP coverage of climate change issues at https://apnews.com/Climate