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Polish vodka drinkers, a dying breed?

KRAKOW TOURS – One-in-five Poles say their favoured alcoholic drink is a glass of wine, with vodka continuing to decline in popularity.

Twenty one percent told CBOS pollsters that they prefer wine, with just 17 percent pointing to vodka as their drink of choice, a decline of seven percent in three years since a similar survey was taken.

Wine remains the favourite female tipple (38%) followed by beer (30%) which is also the leading drink for the men (70%). Sixty three percent of Poles say they know someone who drinks too much in their opinion, but a majority claimed that they drank little or average (49 and 47% respectively). Most drink at home (75%). Not one respondent confessed to drinking at work.

Twenty two percent of Poles do not drink any alcohol, according to research by the CBOS. Most of the teetotallers are women – 30%. Contrastingly, 84% men admit to drinking alcohol.

Overall, more than three quarters of Poles are drinkers, with 11% saying that they drink often. Nonetheless, the number of people abstaining from alcohol has increased by 6 points over the past 13 years. Eight out of ten occasional drinkers are aged under 55 and the most popular alcoholic drink is beer.

August 25, 2010 Posted by | Events, News, Tour Information | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Teetotal weddings in Poland ???

KRAKOW TOURS – A traditional Polish wedding party includes a free flow of alcohol. But there is an increasing trend in Poland of newly weds deciding to have alcohol free wedding receptions, with one-in-ten being teetotal.

In 1986, Archbishop of Krakow Franciszek Macharski wrote a letter in which he condemned drunkenness at weddings calling it “a plague”. In response, Priest Wladyslaw Zazel from the south-eastern region of Podbeskidzie asked his parishioners to stop stocking vodka or other alcoholic beverages at weddings and funerals.

The priest also came up with the idea to encourage people to stay sober during important family events. He created a Book of Non-Alcoholic Weddings, which bares the names of newly weds who decided to organize a wedding reception without alcohol. And the practice seems to be catching on.

In 2009, every tenth wedding in Poland was alcohol free, reports Dziennik Polski.

On the first page of the book there is an entry by Pope John Paul II: “Such initiatives should not be ridiculed or played down. The stake here is too high. It is worth to go against the flow, against the social habit and shallow public opinion.”

Two famous Polish folk musicians from the Golec brothers band are included on the list containing 300 names.

Those who declare that they will organize a non-alcoholic wedding need to pay a deposit and if they fail to fulfill the promise they lose money to the benefit of the church. On the other hand, if they keep the promise the priest pays them twice the deposit.

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August 3, 2010 Posted by | News, Recommendations | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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