MOSCOW — Interior Minister Alexander V. Vlasov said Sunday that alcoholism is becoming a major problem in Soviet homes, for the most part out of the reach of controls outlawing drinking at work and in most public places.
In an interview with the Communist Party daily Pravda, Vlasov said there are 4.5 million registered alcoholics in the nation of 283 million. Unofficially, the number of alcoholics is four to five times higher.
Soviet newspapers have put the number of "hard drinkers" at one out of five for men and slightly less than that for women.
"Drinking, which was outlawed at work and in public places, has slipped into the family arena and the home where social and administrative control is more difficult," Vlasov said.