A CLOSER LOOK AT RUSSIA’S DRINKING PROBLEM
- April 18, 2019
If we asked you to list a few of the most popular alcoholic drinks on the market, you would probably add vodka somewhere to that lineup. Besides beer and traditional whiskey, this classic Russian/Polish drink, made from potatoes and other starch-rich plants, has gained popularity all over the world and has become the subject of toasts to friendship. Although this country did have a hand in the development of this widespread beverage, Russia has recently approached an era where alcohol could be tipping the scales of public safety. In fact, some medical professionals have argued that the Russian people are drinking themselves to death. Let’s take a closer look and find out more information.
Highest Rate of Death Yet
According to a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2012, nearly 30% of all fatalities in Russia were connected to alcohol, which has been tagged as the highest percentage yet. As a result, medical professionals have determined that Russian people live the shortest lives of any members of large global economies. Consider the fact that U.S. men live to be 76 on average, while Russian men live to be 65 on average.
Longtime Tradition of Drinking
So why is the alcohol-related death rate frighteningly high in Russia?
As officials have explained, hardcore drinking has been a cultural tradition of Russia, as far back as the 19th century. Amid the fall of the Soviet Union, the ruble fell considerably (by a staggering 99% against the United States dollar), and many Russians started drinking alcohol to cure depression.
Another major reason drinking is so widespread in Russia is the fact that booze is so cheap. In fact, did you know that the average Russian can afford a staggering 47 ounces of vodka at any given time?
Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism
Alcohol withdrawal can easily be one of the most frightening aspects of healing. During the course of the recovery process, you will suffer from minor to severe symptoms that may include night sweats, hallucinations, fevers, anxiety, and sadness, but always remember that you can find the strength to overcome these problems. However, you must always seek medical attention when you have decided to cut ties with alcohol, as the withdrawal process can be notoriously dangerous. Never attempt to do this without the supervision of a trained specialist.
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