UN Warns of Hidden Health Crisis in Eastern Europe

BERLIN - On a recent wintermorning on a train leaving Berlin's underground Alexanderplatz station, a car filled withyoung Germans skidded by, the passengers toasting with open bottles ofchampagne and wine. In the station's corner, an older man sat hunched, hishands wrapped tightly around a bottle of vodka. Alcohol was pieced into themoment seamlessly-a part of life, a way to celebrate, a means to stay warm.

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