Most people drink their vodka mixed with something, but a man allegedly drank an entire bottle of straight vodka in a store in Vladivostok, Russia (video below).
The bizarre incident, caught on a surveillance store camera, shows a 34-year-old man approach a shelf of alcohol, open a 24-ounce bottle of vodka, begin drinking it, take a breath, and chug down the rest, notes RT.com.
Vladivostok News reports that the man refused to pay for the booze, but had the nerve to demand medical care.
The man allegedly said the bottle was empty, but has reportedly sampled bottles of booze at other stores and has been fined by the police for unauthorized guzzling.
According to 2016 data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Russia leads all OECD countries in alcohol consumption at 13.8 liters of alcohol per capita annually.
A 2014 study published in The Lancet medical journal found that "vodka is a major cause of the high risk of premature death in Russian adults."
The study broke down these numbers:
Among 57 361 male smokers with no previous disease, the estimated 20-year risks of death at ages 35–54 years were 16% (95% CI 15–17) for those who reported consuming less than a bottle of vodka per week at baseline, 20% (18–22) for those consuming 1–2·9 bottles per week, and 35% (31–39) for those consuming three or more bottles per week...
The corresponding risks of death at ages 55–74 years were 50% (48–52) for those who reported consuming less than a bottle of vodka per week at baseline, 54% (51–57) for those consuming 1–2·9 bottles per week, and 64% (59–69) for those consuming three or more bottles per week ...
In both age ranges most of the excess mortality in heavier drinkers was from external causes or the eight disease groupings strongly associated with alcohol in the retrospective inquiries.