Vodka is ‘major cause’ of early death among Russian men, says study

31 January 2014        

Category: Research

Alcoholic drinks

Vodka is the major cause of early death in Russian adults, according to a study from the University of Oxford part-funded by the BHF.

The researchers found that men who drank three or more bottles (0.5 litres) of vodka a week were at much higher risk of death before the age of 75 than men who drank less than one bottle. As well as deaths from external causes, such as accidents, heavy drinkers were more likely to suffer from health problems including cancer, liver disease and heart disease.

The study, published in The Lancet, showed that cigarette smoking played a role since almost all of the people who drank heavily also smoked.

It’s a timely reminder of what we already know about drinking too much alcohol.

Our Senior Cardiac Nurse, Christopher Allen, said: “This study graphically highlights the toll that heavy drinking has wreaked on communities in Russia. With the Winter Olympics fast approaching, it’s a timely reminder of what we already know about drinking too much alcohol – it not only raises your risk of heart and circulatory disease, but also your risk of liver disease and some cancers.

“Enjoying a drink in moderation is fine. But if you think you may be drinking too much, or you’re confused by how much you can safely drink, have a chat with your GP or practice nurse who can offer you advice and support.”