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“Uh oh. We’ll have to switch to gin.” (Pixabay)

When the surrender of Nazi Germany was announced on Soviet radio shortly after 1 o’clock in the morning on 9 May 1945, those fun-loving Russians took no time at all to make the most of the occasion. The celebrations began almost instantly, with many revellers taking to the streets in their pyjamas to celebrate the end of the War in Europe. And what better way to celebrate than with a cool shot of Russian vodka? Or two. Or nine.

In fact, so voraciously was the local tipple enjoyed that night, that by the following night—just 22 hours later—the USSR had officially ran out of vodka. Now that is one hell of a hangover.

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