September 16, 2018

Soviet Anti-Alcohol Posters in the 1970s and 1980s

From the 1960s through the 1980s, artists throughout the Soviet Union designed propaganda posters to warn the public of the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption.

With striking, colorful graphics and stark metaphors, the posters cast alcoholism as a snake choking the life from vivacious young men, a bottle as a prison, and more.

Soviet anti-alcohol posters in the 1970s and 1980s

Drinkers grow slothful and lazy, abandon their families, endanger their coworkers, or become murderous brutes.

These posters and dozens more are collected in ALCOHOL: Soviet Anti-Alcohol Posters by Fuel Publishing.

"Not among trees or grasses, the serpent has warmed up among us. Don't suck on him, mammals, or you'll turn into a reptile yourself.", 1972

"Drunkenness won't be tolerated!", 1977

"Don't drink your life away.", 1977

"This is a shameful union — a slacker + vodka!", 1980

"Either, or.", 1983

"We will overcome!" (Text on snake: "Alcoholism."), 1985

"His inner world.", 1987

"Rowdy partying ends with a bitter hangover." (Tattoo text: "I love order."), 1988

"Underpass — to the 'next world.'", 1988

Alcohol by Fuel Publishing





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