They ask thee concerning wine and the game of hazard. Say: ‘In both there is great sin and also some advantages for men; but their sin is greater than their advantage.’ And they ask thee what they should spend. Say: ‘What you can spare.’ Thus does Allah make His commandments clear to you that you may reflect. (Al Quran 2:220)
O ye who believe! wine and the game of hazard and idols and divining arrows are only an abomination of Satan’s handiwork. So shun each one of them that you may prosper. Satan desires only to create enmity and hatred among you by means of wine and the game of hazard, and to keep you back from the remembrance of Allah and from Prayer. But will you keep back?
(Al Quran 5:91-92)
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has announced a zero tolerance policy on drink-driving – a major cause of death among Russian men.
“I believe that consuming alcohol before driving should be banned,” he said, speaking live on Russian TV.
“I will make corresponding amendments to the law.”
Heavy drinking and related traffic accidents are seen as one of the main reasons why one in three Russian men dies before retirement age.
In a wide-ranging end-of-year interview, Mr Medvedev said “we are not ready yet for allowing consumption of alcohol – even small, limited amounts of it – before driving.”
“We are not very accurate drivers as it is, and after a glass people completely lose their heads. Besides, we do know how people (in Russia) usually drink: a glass at first – that is allowed now, isn’t it? – then two, and three, and finally ‘okay, let’s roll’.”