The picture above shows a vintage Soviet poster which shows what a bottle of vodka could buy you at time. It was propaganda against the drinking problem, like – “Look! Instead of vodka you could buy all this!”. Also, this might be called a Soviet variation on the “Hamburger” index. So really, what could a bottle of vodka buy you back then (in the 1970’s) and now in Russia? See more inside:
So according to this Soviet pic, one bottle brings to table the following goodies:
1) 1 pound of beef
2) two kg or 4 lbs potatoes
3) 3 apples
4) bread – two kg (or about 4 lbs)
5) milk – two bottles
and also onions, pepper and salt in unspecified amounts.
This was back then. Now the guy has gone to a grocery store and bought the cheapest vodka and then used the same amount of money to buy some food. Here is what he got:
So this is his bottle of vodka, it cost him roughly $6.
For this amount he was able to get:
1) 0.75 kilo of bread
2) 1 carton of milk
3) two apples
4) the same two kilos of potatoes.
And that’s it. No meats, no onions or salt and pepper.
And here is his second choice:
The same vodka amount brought him:
1) one apple
2) 2 kg of bread
3) 3 kg of potatoes
Basically, a bottle of vodka, both now and then, can also get you enough food to survive for a couple of days. The conclusion is that this survival experience could be more pleasant in the 1970’s than now.
Also, please take note that the guy comes from Chukotka – a pretty remote part of Russia, with rather high food prices, however I suppose vodka costs a bit more there too.
What about your country? Can you trade in your vodka and survive?