What Happens When Drunken Russians go Swimming?

July 16, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Swimming while drunk, is not a good idea apparently. Russians love their Vodka, so much so, that every person in the country consumes about 4.8 gallons of alcohol every year. And Alcoholism is a major epidemic in the Russian Federation, with one recent study pegging the number of alcoholics at 2.3 million. So, what happens when the country experiences an unprecedented summer heat wave and millions of inebriated Russians decide to cool off with a little swim? They drown of course.

CNN reports that in just one day this past week, 49 people drowned and many of the victims were drunk.

“Vadim Seryogin, a department head at Russia’s Emergencies Ministry, told reporters Wednesday that 49 people, including two children, had drowned in the last day. More than 1,200 total have drowned, 223 of them between July 5 and July 12.”

“The majority of those drowned were drunk,” Seryogin said. “The children died because adults simply did not look after them.”

Perhaps they need to take a Breathalyzer test before being allowed to take a dip.

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Ikonvodka/Russian Vodka Ikon


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