The Ukrainian Health Ministry has proposed introducing a ban on the sale of alcohol in public places, Deputy Health Minister Valeriy Bidny said at a meeting on Wednesday, UKRINFORM reported.

He stressed the need to strengthen controls over the sale of alcoholic beverages in order to prevent their sale in public places and high risk places (railway stations, the places of rallies, etc.).

Family, Youth and Sports Minister Ravil Safiullin, in turn, said that there were 1.2-1.5 million alcohol addicts in Ukraine.

Ukrainian First Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka noted that 5,500 minors suffering from alcohol dependence had been registered at the Health Ministry. Of them, 2,200 have been registered at police departments.


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