It has been discovered that alcohol is the primary cause of the high number of premature deaths in Russia.
A recent report shows that 25% of Russian men die before the age of 55, with the majority of these deaths attributed to alcohol (particularly vodka). Some Russian men said that they drank up to one-and-a-half liters of vodka every week, however researchers say the main reason behind the high death rate is not in the amount of alcohol consumed, but in the way Russians drink alcohol. They predominantly binge drink. During the course of the 10-year study, more than 150,000 adults living in three Russian cities were monitored by researchers. Throughout this time, 8,000 participants died from alcohol-related diseases including liver disease and alcohol poisoning. Many of the participants also died in accidents or after getting into fights. The report also showed that smoking aggravated the negative health effects of alcohol, and that mortality rates were lower among women. Moral of the story, binge drinking leads to a higher death expectancy, don't do it! :)