An Analysis of Eberstadt's Article 'Drunken Nation: Russia's Depopulation Bomb'
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Drunken Nation: Russia's Depopulation Bomb"
Reading the statistics of this article without knowing the title would lead one to believe that they were reading about a third world country, not a country that is so technologically advanced that the United States was engaged in a race to space with it. Though this article is filled with a plethora of statistics, there are a few which illustrate the bottom line succinctly. Essentially, there is an alarming population decline in Russia (Eberstadt, 2009). Alarming in its own right, even more disturbing are the reasons for this decline which are set forth in this article (Eberstadt, 2009). The gist of the situation is that the mortality rate is higher than the birth rate (Eberstadt, 2009). There are many factors contributing to this situation but a high rate of alcohol consumption among those of child bearing age is a significant factor (Eberstadt, 2009). Eberstadt introduces a number of statistics to support the fact that the mortality rate is higher than the birth rate (Eberstadt, 2009). He then follows those statistics with evidence to substantiate the fact that the mortality rate is much worse for males than for females (Eberstadt, 2009). In fact, the mortality rate for males is such that only fifty percent of males born today have a fifty-fifty chance of surviving to the retirement age of sixty five (Eberstadt, 2009). Further, Eberstadt asserts that the reason for this astonishing fact is because men in this age bracket