Consumption of vodka often leads to situations which produce some great stories. Or some great stories were inspired by consumption of vodka, indeed.
Russians love vodka because it is a social drink that goes really well with food, and traditionally drink vodka for any significant occasion, like a wedding, the birth of a child, a new job, or just to stimulate their appetite before a meal.
Vodka makes people make art.
Attitudes towards vodka in Russian society vary from “I don’t care”, to “vodka is the quintessence of our soul”, to the moralizing “alcohol is poison”. But one thing is certain: vodka is the Russian national drink of choice and will not be replaced by anything else any time soon.