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(BBC)   Why do a quarter of Russian men die before they turn 55? You're not going to believe this, but scientists suspect that alcohol may be involved   ( bbc.co.uk) divider line
    More: Obvious, Russia, Russians, death rates, international organizations, Mikhail Gorbachev, soviet leader, The Lancet  
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2014-01-31 07:12:36 AM  
So Russia is just like Scotland except with less fried food then?
2014-01-31 07:15:26 AM  
Nothing worth hanging around for in places that cold and shiatty anyways. Just call it another benefit of the drinking.
2014-01-31 07:17:17 AM  
Does sub by mean vodak?
2014-01-31 07:20:34 AM  
Falling off high things.
2014-01-31 07:24:11 AM  

Gordon Bennett: So Russia is just like Scotland except with less fried food then?

Except most Russians can drink any damn Scotsman under the table. And from personal experience, just as much fried food.
2014-01-31 07:30:09 AM  
Ya mean a country whose military tried drinking anti freeze filtered through black bread when the vodak supply ran low under Gorbachev might have a itty bitty drinking problem????

Copied this from a article I read on alcohol addiction in Russia:

In 1974, Brezhnev announced work on the BAM (a railway running from Lake Baikal to the Pacific Ocean, well north of the Trans-Siberian line) The plan was to lay 2,000 miles of track through an area where temperatures fall to -70°F in the winter. Since vodka isn't easy to come by in Siberian backwaters, BAM workers devised a special cocktail.
They took a bottle of Soviet cologne, (usually Shipr) and poured it down a long iron bar into a waiting glass. They thought the "impurities" in the cologne would stick to the frozen bar, while the spirits would remain unfrozen.
2014-01-31 07:31:38 AM  
The entire culture of Russia is explained by alcohol. Why else would a country play so much chess?

They're drinking shots each time they lose a piece, aren't they?

Boredom is the greatest enemy of princes.

I can't find the quotation but I'm sure somebody famous said that and I have a suspicion they said it in French. Louis XIV, maybe, possibly Voltaire. If nobody said it, I claim it as my own because it's brilliant.
2014-01-31 07:50:24 AM  
All depends on the life expectancy of Russian wives.
Maybe they choose to.
2014-01-31 07:56:26 AM  
I figure driving on their roads is high on the list of why.
Right hand turn from three lanes out without looking first seems to be a normal move.
Go like hell no matter the road condition and pass whenever you feel like it may also be Vodak related?
2014-01-31 08:01:23 AM  
Add that to the following..

- Pollution
- Crime and Corruption
- Drug abuse
- Poor Health Care
- Poverty/Poor Diet
- Almost no safety rules
- Crazy (and drunk, and drugged up) motorists
2014-01-31 08:12:43 AM  
Ronald Reagan.
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