Facts about Russians

by Lelik on June 29, 2009

in Drinks,Facts about Russians

Russians do not drink too much Vodka as you might have been heard before. Even in the northern (coldest) parts of Russia, I know it pretty sure as I have been living there for about 12 years. It’s not popular to drink much vodka nowadays, it usually means if you drink it – you must be a poor village citizen or you are not a successful person.  Many young people prefer to drink beer, cocktails, rum, whiskey, brandy etc. instead of vodka. But when foreigner comes to visit Russia all things change. It’s a tradition to give a guest to drink! Don’t even try to deny, it’s almost impossible.  To drink as much vodka as possible with foreigner means treat him well.  And also show that Russian could drink much more than you, my advice is do not even try to bet, in 99% Russian wins.

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Shane from November 23, 2009 at 8:21 pm

In my experience I have found that many Russians in my hometown in California can drink as much vodka as put infront of them. It also is a bit of a nostalgic type drink for them. And the comradery displayed by those sharing it together definitely warms the heart.

Diocelin from Nursing Scrubs June 23, 2010 at 10:46 am

For me the type of drink doesn’t represent economic status or lifestyle, I also love drinking vodka and I think I am exceptional from my friends who loves drinking beers or wines. But still we are having a jolly good time together whenever we have a drink, cheers for everyone!!

John Prescott July 7, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Hi, well I don’t know where you lived but I lived in Moscow for 6 years and people pretty much loveeeeeee their vodka there. But I won’t generalize on vodka, they love booze. That explains why the most common diseases in Moscow (I work in the medical field) are liver cirrhosis, acute gastritis, pancreatic cancer and other alcohol related diseases.

Toni Park from Kids table and chairs July 24, 2010 at 2:09 am

Is that true? Drinking vodka means that you must be a poor village citizen or you are not a successful person? Isn’t it that drinking something, aside from champange, is like a celebration? Does Russians have different drinks with different meanings and occasions?

Lelik July 28, 2010 at 10:25 am

Actually Russians drink too much beer, more than vodka. But we also love whiskey, rum, etc. etc

pratish from free stuff August 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Hello Lelik, Really I heard before that Russians are great fan of Vodka. I never knew that our concept was wrong. While drink Vodka and I hang out with my friends, I says vodka rises body temperature and my friends says that’s why Russians (Cold place) drinks Vodka a lot . I really liked your blogs since it reveals the real culture, people, food, activities and everything about Russia.
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Mike from Spice Reviews August 11, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Every Russian probably obtains the ‘this-guy-is-an-alcoholic’ label when he tries to show his drinking talents off abroad:) Except for Finland, obviously
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Holger from denfribedemand August 14, 2010 at 11:42 am

I don’t mind the russians drinking, but when they want to make it a contest, I always decline. I rather enjoy soups like borstj instead for drinking and eating.

Geoff from Beer Club August 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

I do think that a lot of it comes to what you are brought up on. I know a lot of Russians and Eastern Europeans that can drink the hard liquors far better than any aussies. I put it down to what you are brought up on … for us thats beer!

Russian Vodka Addict August 28, 2010 at 6:45 am

Russian vodka infused with fruits and peppers is awesome!

Mark September 12, 2010 at 12:04 am

I love Vodka. Not the rot gut stuff, but the higher end stuff is so understated.
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Napkin Rings October 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I heard the same from my two russian friends here in kl. They too say that people dont drink vodka that much in russia anymore, especially in clubs. Mostly beer and whiskey nowadays.
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