Distaff Dipsomania

The face of alcoholism in Russia is decidedly male, with high-profile characters like boozy former president Boris Yeltsin reinforcing the country's international image as some kind of eleven-time-zone Animal House with bears and balalaikas.

But apparently the problem has a distaff side that's only recently been brought to light, thanks to a recent product introduction that would be fairly uncontroversial in the West: a vodka designed especially for an upscale female clientele.

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