I’m feeling a bit groggy today as a result of last night’s presentation by the Ukrainian and Czech students in my program, which turned into a party featuring Becherovka, horilka, Waragi, Russian vodka and Jim Beam. Being an international student is great!

OK, I know I write about alcohol a lot on this blog, but I don’t drink that much, especially not since leaving Russia for Sweden. This is only my second hangover since August.

Here’s an article on the perils of drunkenness.

Drunken elk drowns after falling through ice
Published: 23rd November 2006 12:05 CET
Online: http://www.thelocal.se/5591/

An elk that became inebriated after binging on fermented fallen apples in northern Sweden drowned when it fell through the ice of a frozen inlet, Aftonbladet reported on Thursday.

“The elk appears to have eaten too many fermented apples and become confused out on the ice,” Luleå police spokesman Erik Kummu told local media.

Emergency services were scrambled but they were unable to save the four-legged apple thief.

For several days prior to the elk’s demise, local residents had contacted police after seeing the animal munch its way through rotting fruit, Aftonbladet said.

Drunk elks are relatively common in Sweden in late autumn as the animals eat fallen apples which ferment slightly on the ground.