A Sobering Reality: Understanding Russia’s Alcohol Morbidity and Mortality from an Epidemiological and Political Approach
If Vodka cost a dollar fifty a dollar fifty for half a litre, how much of it would you drink? In Russia, where the price of Vodka averages between $1.50 and $3.00, the answer is simple: a lot . Each year an average of 19,000 Russians die from alcohol poisoning and hundreds of thousands of others suer the ill consequences of excess alcohol consumption – cirrhosis of the liver, heart disease, increased risk of cancer, type-two diabetes, impaired mental development, and road accidents.
Peter Shyba is a second year McGill student studying International Devlopment and the Social Study of Medicine, and is currently a visiting student at the University of Calgary. His interest lies in the History of Medicine in developing countries, especially former communist nations.