6. Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia, until 2013.
In fact, up until New Year’s Day, 2013, beer was sold at street kiosks, railways stations and practically every 24-hour store. However, in an attempt to combat alcohol abuse, then President Dmitry Medvedev signed off on a set of new restrictions in 2011 and everything changed for beer guzzlers in Russia.
The sale of beer has, since, been regulated and a ban on its television advertising has been implemented. Many feel, though, that this move is counter-intuitive and might lead to increased vodka consumption, as the clear spirit is easier to buy and store.(source)
7. The strongest beer in the world has a 67.5% alcohol content.
If creating the world’s strongest beer is not on your bucket list, drinking it definitely should be! In 2012, Lewis Shand and John McKenzie, of Banffshire’s Brewmeister Brewery, set the world record when they brewed ‘Armageddon’ beer, with a whopping 65% alcohol content. However, when customers complained that the beer wasn’t strong enough, these two friends decided to take things to the next level.
‘Snake Venom’ is now the world’s most potent beer and boasts of a dizzying 67.5% alcohol content. It comes with a warning and you’d be foolish not to pay heed to it. Drinking more than 35 ml, in one sitting, is not advisable.(source)
Kids, don’t try this at home.
8. In professional shooting, alcohol is considered to be a performance-enhancing drug.
Alcohol relaxes the body and could, potentially, slow your heart rate. It is for these reasons that it is listed as a performance-enhancing drug, used by shooters to calm their nerves. In addition to liquor, beta-blockers are also used by professional shooters.
Both these substances are banned by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).(source)
9. 25% of all Russian men die before they reach their mid-50s, mainly due to vodka.
A study of more than 150,000 people discovered extremely high premature death rates among Russian men. The culprit? A deep and abiding love for vodka. Some men go through more than three bottles of the spirit, in a single week!
Causes of death include alcohol poisoning, accidents, violence, suicide as well as diseases such as pneumonia, liver cancer and tuberculosis.(source)