A temperance movement has sprung up in Estonia in response to an epidemic of binge drinking. Alcohol kills up to 2,000 Estonians a year, in a nation of just 1.3 million. The Estonian Temperance Union, which lobbies for limits on alcohol sales and a ban on its advertising, says that Estonia has been awash in cheap booze since it split from the Soviet Union, in 1991. Excessive drinking causes stunningly high rates of cirrhosis and alcohol poisoning, and drunken Estonians frequently have unprotected sex, resulting in an HIV rate among the highest in Europe.
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