"JUST DYING FOR A DRINK:::::DRINKING VODKA" Saint Petersburg Warnings Or Dangers Tip by budapest8

Saint Petersburg Warnings and Dangers: 151 reviews and 80 photos

About 3,500 people die every month from
alcohol poisoning in Russia,
minimum 30,000 a year and compared to the US it's only a few hundred
deaths every year.

A state of emergency was declared in the Irkutsk region of
Siberia November 2006
after thousands of men and women were hospitalised from
drinking "counterfeit vodka".

the last few weeks have been especially bad after an unusually
strong batch of contaminated spirit was sold across the country.

A large number of Russians drink this "counterfeit vodka".
It is cheap. It is very strong. And it is a killer.

Vladimir - one of Russia's many alcoholics who admitted he drinks
vodka when he can, but more often than not can only afford
a technical spirit, such as brake fluid or window cleaner.

He is now being more cautious about what he drinks
but walking into Irkutsk General Hospital it is a different story.

The scene is shocking. Most of the patients have
skin coloured an angry yellow. Their inflamed and
scarred livers are incapable of ridding their bodies
of the toxins flowing through their bloodstreams.

Sergei. He is twenty nine but looks ten years older.
His stomach is turgid: bloated and marbled with blue veins.

A career alcoholic, he was taken to hospital after a
two week drinking bout. It is called a 'zapoy' in the
Russian language. During it he imbibed litres of de-icer.

As he lies on a make-shift bed in the hospital corridor,
his breath is short and faltering.
He told how his illness developed.

He said: "I turned yellow. There was no pain.
Then my pupils went bright yellow.
My liver swelled and I lost my appetite
but I didn't pay attention to it."

The doctors have told him he will die.

Russians make a toast to anything,
what you say is not so important,
just the fact you do is enough.

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  • Updated Apr 1, 2007
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