(QHA) -

Report detailing the devastating toll of vodka on male life expectancy in Russia was published in British medical journal The Lancet, Ria Novosti informs.

It has found that 25 percent of Russian men die before the age of 55, compared with only 7 percent of men in the United Kingdom.

Many of those deaths are thought to have been caused by Russia's long-abiding devotion to heavy drinking.

Heavy drinkers mainly die from alcohol poisoning, accidents, violence, suicide, cancer, tuberculosis, pneumonia, pancreatitis, liver disease and heart diseases, the study said.

As reported, average life expectancy for men in Russia is 64 years, compared to 78.5 for British men.