Russians face the death trap laid by alcoholism

by VR Sreeraman on  November 5, 2006 at 6:32 PM Lifestyle News
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Russians face the death trap laid by alcoholism
Russia a country known for its lax regulations regarding booze often finds thousands in the nation drowning themselves in liquor without any person in authority ever raising eyebrows until recently. So it comes as little surprise when recent estimates prove that over forty two thousand Russians die annually from disorders which are linked to alcoholism. However a closer scrutiny has also revealed that a majority of those deaths are often caused because of consumption of spurious liquor.

Its shocking to note that a bottle of illicit vodka is often a concoction of strong perfumes, aftershaves or cleaning liquid that mimics a strong alcoholic drink. Police raids across the nation has uncovered many such illicit vodka stashed away covertly.

However following the recent surveys and official reports that have revealed that the life expectancy of Russians have decreased tremendously and is about 14 years lesser than other neighbouring EU nations ,the government health officials have been taking more interest in looking into issues which affect or decrease the life expectancy.

Some Russians believe that the drive of the present government trying to impose near prohibition by tightening the regulations that control the market supply of vodka has encouraged illicit vendors to discreetly market spurious vodka to satiate the craving of an alcohol besotted population who just cannot give up an age old habit so easily. The government hasn't been spared the blame of trying to monopolize the liquor industry as well in the milieu of mud flinging that has ensued since this issue has been placed in the lime light.

Source: Medindia
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