The Russian Orthodox Church called to raise the price of alcohol

Metropolitan Hilarion Of Volokolamsk

In the Russian Orthodox Church proposed to raise the price of alcohol and restrict the sale of alcohol with chemical additives. The statement of the head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, reports TASS on 29 July.

“I think that alcohol prices need to increase, because it is not a necessity. People could live without alcohol, at least, without a strong alcohol which has a devastating impact on people,” said the priest.

Metropolitan also drew attention to the fact that the alcohol can contain harmful chemical additives. He believes that the buyers may not be aware of the presence of such additives due to the fact that “about them written in small print, more often not written anything”.

A week ago, Metropolitan Hilarion criticized American scientists, responding to media reports that they plan to study religious experiences using hallucinogenic substances. Earlier in July, he also called on the society to the discussion about Russia’s transition to a monarchical form of government.