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Russian men risk death by vodka

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Russian men who down large amounts of vodka - and too many do - have an "extraordinarily" high risk of an early death, a new study says. 

In this Sept. 2005 file photo, men sleep after drinking on a bench in downtown Moscow. Russian men who down large amounts of vodka _ and too many do _ have an “extraordinarily” high risk of an early death, a new study says. The risk of dying before age 55 for those who said they drank three or more half-liter bottles of vodka a week was a shocking 35%. (AP file photo)

Researchers tracked about 151,000 adult men in the Russian cities of Barnaul, Byisk and Tomsk from 1999 to 2010. They interviewed them about their drinking habits and, when about 8,000 later died, followed up to monitor their causes of death.

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