Based on documentary research, visits to organisations, and interviews, this article establishes connections between the downward trend of overall alcohol consumption in Kazakhstan and the changes in this country’s ethnic profile since the 1980s. At the same time, the authors express concern that changes in lifestyles may also be leading to more drinking amongst women and young people. They cast light on the emergence of new styles in patterns of drinking, whence the government’s main interest has been and will continue to be the economics of alcohol production and distribution.

The Redaction
CER: II-7.4.C-650