Year: 1994 Source: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, v.89, no.5, (May 1994), p.306-313 SIEC No: 19940219

1984-88 suicide rates dropped 34.5%. The decline was observed after strict restrictions on the sale of alcohol were introduced. Data on male self-destructive behavior were analyzed for all former Soviet republics. Regression analysis with alcohol consumption as the independent variable, shows that suicide & alcohol consumption were positively correlated as were violent death & alcohol consumption. Thus, a restrictive alcohol policy might be a way to reduce suicide & violent death. (16 refs.)