In Russia, the New Year’s holiday is celebrated for 10 days during which 1.5 billion liters of alcohol are consumed. That is a little more than 10 liters (2.6 gallons) per person and the empty bottles of mostly vodka and whiskey would stretch around the Earth 17 times if set side-by-side.
It may not be a surprise that the number one cause of death in Russia is alcohol. 52% of deaths among men aged 15-54 are the result of alcohol.
Alcohol results in deaths due mostly to accidents and violence, alcohol poisoning, and heart disease among other factors such as cancer and less common diseases.
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- drunk (link is external). Giorgio Montersino. 2006. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.
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