Vodka key to Russian men's high death rate: Study
PARIS (AFP) - Vodka was a key contributor to the high death rate of Russian men under 55, according to researchers who highlighted the near-immediate, life-extending benefits of cutting back.
The findings published in The Lancet medical journal add to the already vast body of evidence on the dangers of binge drinking.
Overall, a quarter of Russian men die before the age of 55. The equivalent death rate of British men was about seven per cent.
For the study, researchers asked 151,000 Russians how much vodka they drank and then followed them for up to ten years, during which period 8,000 died.