These Soviet anti-alcohol posters offer a lurid view of communist history

In the USSR, alcoholism was an enormous problem, which the government tried to tackle with these incredible PSA posters. The messages in them will be familiar to anyone who has seen anti-drug posters in the United States — but the style is distinctively Soviet.

Life as a sober and an alcoholic man

These Soviet anti-alcohol posters offer a lurid view of communist history

A detail of the picture above.

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What a shame! He got drunk, swore, smashed a tree and now he's ashamed to look people in the face

These Soviet anti-alcohol posters offer a lurid view of communist history

(1958, N. Velezhneva, N. Kuzovkin)

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Fate

These Soviet anti-alcohol posters offer a lurid view of communist history

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Get out the drunks out of the workplaces (1966, V. I. Govorkov)

These Soviet anti-alcohol posters offer a lurid view of communist history

Scrap from left, vodka from right.

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Don't drink, Dad! (1929, D. Bulanov)

These Soviet anti-alcohol posters offer a lurid view of communist history

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Stop! It's the final warning! (1929, P. P. Sokolov-Skalya)

These Soviet anti-alcohol posters offer a lurid view of communist history

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Have mercy on your future child

These Soviet anti-alcohol posters offer a lurid view of communist history

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Rich inner substance

These Soviet anti-alcohol posters offer a lurid view of communist history

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Remember – When you drink, your family is hungry. (1930)

These Soviet anti-alcohol posters offer a lurid view of communist history

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For health? (1969, E. A. Kazhdan)

These Soviet anti-alcohol posters offer a lurid view of communist history

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Alcohol – Enemy Of Mind

These Soviet anti-alcohol posters offer a lurid view of communist history

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And they say we are pigs... (1958, A. Mosin)

These Soviet anti-alcohol posters offer a lurid view of communist history

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Get out! (1966, K. K. Ivanov and O. D. Maslyakov)

These Soviet anti-alcohol posters offer a lurid view of communist history

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Being drunk is the pathway to degradation

These Soviet anti-alcohol posters offer a lurid view of communist history

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A friend of vodka is an enemy of the Trade Union (1926)

These Soviet anti-alcohol posters offer a lurid view of communist history

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