Vodka blamed for high death rates in Russia

Jan 30, 2014, 11:56 PM EST
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The high number of early deaths in Russia is mainly due to people drinking too much alcohol, particularly vodka, research shows. The study, in The Lancet, says 25% of Russian men die before they are 55, and most of the deaths are down to alcohol. The comparable UK figure is 7%. Causes of death include liver disease and alcohol poisoning. Many also die in accidents or after getting into fights. The study is thought to be the largest of its kind in the country.
Vodka blamed for Russian death rate [BBC]
Russia's love affair with vodka lures many to an early grave [NPR]