In Kiev an international group ofexperts met to discuss the health situation in the former USSR. Evidence presented confirmed the role of alcohol consumption as an important determinant of mortality in Russia, and particularly among men of working age. Life expectancy in Russia (as well as Ukraine and Belarus) has been low over the past few decades — and is currently 58 years for Russian men. While most countries in Europe and worldwide have enjoyed an improvement in life expectancy over the past few decades, Russia has seen a decline.
These liquids are cheap sources of large amounts of ethanol with eau de colognes, for example, containing up to 96 per cent ethanol by volume.
Although surrogates do not contain any obvious impurities, consumption of such high levels of alcohol carries severe health and mortality risks.
We welcome any move to reduce their widespread consumption.