Even as the coronavirus pandemic continues, Russian drinking habits appear to have lightened up a bit.
Russia's National Consumer Protection Union reported earlier this week that sales of high-alcohol beverages, such as vodka and cognac, have decreased, while sales of low-alcohol drinks, like wine and beer, have seen an uptick.
Almost 10% more low-alcohol drinks were sold this May than last; wine sales were up 6%, and champagne sales rose 4.8%.
By contrast, vodka sales climbed only 2.8% year on year; cognac sales actually decreased by 1.3%.
All told, it's been a big year for Russian beverages, from moonshine drive-thrus to an official switch to "coffee country" status.
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