As ridiculously bad as those figures sound, they actually are an improvement on the not so recent past:The high number of early deaths in Russia is mainly due to people drinking too much alcohol,particularly vodka, research suggests.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%.
Russia brought in stricter alcohol control measures in 2006, including raising taxes and restricting sales.It must be hard running a good economy with so many people drinking themselves into early graves.
Researchers say alcohol consumption has fallen by a third
since then and the proportion of men dying before they reach 55 years
old has fallen from 37% to 25%.