Half of Russians drink vodka at least once a month, with an average man buying some two liters monthly, a recent poll published Thursday said.
Some 55 percent of the poll's respondents admitted to buying vodka at least once a month, and 49 percent said they drank it at least that often, the ROMIR opinion research center said, adding that 14 percent drank once a week or even more frequently.
Vodka consumption also seemed to increase with age, as people aged between 18 and 35 generally bought vodka once a month at best, while Russians aged 35 to 55 were more apt to buy it on a weekly basis.
While Russians still drink a lot of vodka, they are consuming ever more beer and other drinks with low alcohol levels. The production of such drinks increased six-fold between 1998 and 2006, and sales were multiplied by three over the same period.