(CNN) - Vodka is apparently a major cause of early death among Russian men a new study suggests that was published in The Lancet on Friday.
Researchers interviewed 200,000 adults between 1999 and 2008 and followed them until 2010.
They found that among more than 57,000 male smokers with no previous disease, those who reported consuming three of more bottles of vodka a week were 35 percent more likely to die between the ages of 35 and 54 years.
And the risk went up with age.
The study found those who drank more than three bottles a week had 64 percent risk of death between the ages 55 to 74 years.
Researchers concluded the study reinforces evidence that vodka is a major cause of the high risk of premature death in Russian adults.
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