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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