RUSSIAN MEDICINE

Drinking H1N1 Away at the World Cup

What’s Russia's advice on how to avoid catching the H1N1 virus? Drink hard liquor, of course. Russian soccer fans trekking to Wales next month for the World Cup qualifier have been instructed to drink copious amounts of Welsh whiskey to keep the virus at bay, Reuters reports. According to Alexander Shprygin, head of the country’s supporter association, this particular booze fights off infection, and drinking “should cure all symptoms of the disease.” The health ministry in Russia has advised against traveling to Wales altogether, but acknowledges that many fans will attend the game regardless. “Health officials say this virus is very dangerous, but being a fan myself I can tell you that for a real fan nothing is more important than the well-being of the team,” Shprygin said.