Russians and Poles have a common origin and speak quite similar languages. This circumstance has always given rise to speculations about the closeness of the two peoples. On closer examination, their similarities are unlikely to be too deep. However, there is something that certainly unites the people of Russia and Poland. This something is love for one and the same intoxicating drink, which in Polish is called wódka.
In Poland, as well as in Russia, this product has long become a part of the national culture. The connection between Polish tradition and Polish vodka is so strong that many Poles tend to consider their country as the birthplace of vodka. That is why, in 1978, the Polish government applied to the International Arbitration Court with a claim to recognize Poland’s exclusive right to own the vodka brand. And although the dispute with the USSR did not end in success, the Poles remained unconvinced.
The amount of alcohol consumed by the inhabitants of Poland confirms the special relationship between them and vodka. According to data for 2019, the average adult Pole drank 11.7 liters of pure alcohol. At the same time, the average Polish man drank even more: 18 liters of pure alcohol, while the average Polish man – only 5.5 liters.
Of these liters, a significant part is accounted for by traditional Polish vodka. A large number of its varieties are bottled in the country, capable of satisfying every taste and every wallet: Belvedere, Zubrovka, Luxusova, Oginsky, Pan Tadeusz, Sivukha, Sobieski, Soplitsa, Starka, Chopin and many other excellent quality vodka.
By the way, in Poland there are no restrictions on the time of alcohol sale. Vodka is sold here around the clock and on any holidays (even on the first day of the school year).
It should be noted that Poles drink not only vodka. This country (especially the rural part of it) is sincerely devoted to moonshine. The product of home brewing is usually called the Polish word “bimber”, although the word “samogon”, which is well known to the Russian ear, will also be understood by many. It is curious that despite the general popularity of moonshine in Poland, there is a ban on its production. It is forbidden to drive him not only for sale, but also for personal consumption. However, the severity of the law is compensated by the non-binding nature of its implementation not only in Russia. Therefore, many people have moonshine still, although they are stored in the most secluded places, disassembled and shown only to the most dear guests.
Having become an integral part of the daily life of Poles, vodka and moonshine have found their place in Polish art. Here are some examples from the work of Polish artists of the past century:
Alcohol is a pimp for sexually transmitted diseases.
Not from the pine forest, not from the thicket, but from the Kneipps that path.
Moonshine is the cause of orphanhood and want.
Moonshine is the cause of blindness.
But at the same time: “By drinking Polish vodka, you multiply the welfare of the Polish countryside and support the production of potatoes!”
Alcohol in this country is not only painted, but also sung.