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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Teen Males Face Bleak Life Odds

Teenage Russian males in 1995 had less statistical chance of living to 60 than they did 100 years ago, according to analyses of health statistics contained in a report from the presidential Commission on Women, Family and Demography.


That was one of several sobering statistics about Russians' health, shaken by economic and social upheaval, that were presented in the report, released Tuesday.


From 1889 to 1997, 16-year-olds had a 56 percent chance of reaching the age of 60. If mortality rates for men remains at their present level, 54 percent of today's 16-year-olds will reach the age of 60. The mortality rate for men of working age -- 16 to 59 -- is 4.2 times that for women, the report said.


In other findings, the odds of dying of accidental poisoning in Russia are 20 times higher than in the United States; of being murdered four times that in the United States and, for men, 20 times that of Western European countries. The report also states that five times as many people were being treated for alcoholism in 1995 than in 1990.


Drugs, however, are replacing alcohol as the vice of choice for young people, said Alexander Tsaregorodtsev, deputy health minister.


"It is fashionable," he said.


The report was based primarily on statistics gathered through the end of 1995; demographers say preliminary 1996 statistics show slight improvement. Life expectancy hit a low in 1994 at 57.6 years for men and 71.2 years for woman; in 1996, the figures were 59.6 and 72.7.