What does it mean?
What Russian Women Mean by “Bad Habits”
The meaning of this phrase is very simple: “without bad habits” relates to a man who doesn’t smoke or abuse alcohol (or drugs).
This definition has been known since the times before Perestroyka in the Soviet Union: A man who has “no bad habits” was a dream of any woman.
If you drink socially from time to time, but don’t get drunk (to the state where you cannot talk or move), then you still meet the criteria “without bad habits”. Social drinking is considered as “I don’t drink”, it’s only when drinking becomes a problem, it is a “bad habit”. In other words, a couple of glasses of vine or spirits in a company of friends is OK, as long as it’s not a frequent occasion.
Drinking every day is frowned upon in Russia, even if you only drink a can of beer, while infrequent binge drinking can be forgiven.
Smoking is considered to be a “bad habit”. However, if the woman herself smokes, then she would be OK with you smoking.
Drinking and smoking socially will be generally acceptable for most Slavic women, if you meet all other criteria, most of all, you fall into her desired age bracket.
Other habits such as picking one’s nose or throwing dirty underwear on the floor are not considered a problem under the definition of “bad habits”, as Russian and Ukrainian women understand it.
You may be a compulsive gambler or a shoplifter, but if you do not drink or smoke, you have “no bad habits”, in the view of a Russian lady.
Just shows you how bad is the situation with alcohol abuse in Russia/Ukraine. Even domestic violence or cheating on one’s spouse would not be considered a “bad habit”, although such personality traits are not attractive.
If a woman writes about herself that she “has no bad habits”, it means exactly the same: She doesn’t smoke, and only drinks socially.