Russian Water: Death Guaranteed
by Kiss on February 18, 2014 - 11:19pm
Earlier this month, I posted an article about Jean-Sebastien Chouinard who advocates against the consumption of alcohol especially that of underage teens. The dangers of heavy alcohol consumption are real and there is no better example than the new social hit of the Neknomination. The word is composed of the Australian slang Neck (chug alcohol) and nomination. Very simple rules drink as much alcohol in one go and nominate three people to do the same. Looks may be deceiving for this seemingly “innocent game” which already caused five deaths worldwide from alcohol abuse. As such, Chouinards initiative “Les 28 jours les plus longs de ta vie” is essential to teach teens that alcohol is unnecessary in order to have fun. As alarming as it sound Quebec’s alcohol problem is relatively easy to correct at the stage that it is right now as other regions of the world are far worse.
Russia is such a region, its stereotype known for its heavy consumers of Vodka. Let’s face it: it’s not far from the truth that vodka, not blood, runs in the veins of some men. A recent study revealed exactly that on Russian male consumption of alcohol over 11 years (1999-2010). The results are staggering: 35 percent of the men studied, who drank more than 1.5L of vodka per week, died before the age of 55. It’s no wonder that the male life expectancy is about 64 in Russia, one of the lowest for the developed countries. This is where the report from Frontiers in Physiology. May 2012, Vol. 3 explains the risk of drinking strong liquor on the liver. As mentioned in the report alcohol abuse is the cause for more than 60 known health problems. Although there are no safe operations available to save lives the health ministry in Russia could use these sources to actually do prevention. As Jean-Sebastien Chouinard deduced it correctly any good habit is easier to teach the younger generation. Alcohol is a plague haunting Russia since the past 300 or so years but by combining the research from the Frontiers in Physiology and by taking an example from local initiatives resembling that of Chouinard it may be possible for Russia to resolve numerous other social problems.
Sociology is the field that studies human social behaviour and interactions. The social problems caused by alcohol are thus known for anyone who has at least started to study in the field. Increase in violent crime rates and domestic violence increase when society as a whole has a severe problem with alcohol abuse. Thus local initiatives are as important as government initiatives to bring awareness to the community.
Let’s all take an example from the Russians with alcohol problems and be aware that moderation is key to everything. If possible complete abstinence would be ideal but let’s face it: alcohol is a social norm that in certain occasions would be inappropriate not to consume.