How does your drinking compare with Americans’?


Here’s some interesting drinking statistics from The Wonkblog at The Washington Post, that will put your drinking into some perspective.

The story by Christopher Ingraham has a sobering graph of the average number of alcoholic drinks consumed per capita in the US, for those aged 18 or over, based on research from the book, Paying the Tab by Philip J. Cook.

It shows that the majority of Americans drink either less than one drink a week (30%) or don’t drink at all (30%). As you lot are bartenders, we’re assuming you usually have at least one a week.

But how much do you drink each week? The graph shows that the top 10% of imbibers drink on average 74 drinks a week, which even by bartender standards is kind of crazy. That’s more than 10 drinks a day.


They also point out that this top 10 per cent of drinkers are responsible for more than 50 per cent of consumption, which we think drives home the idea that a more mature, moderate drinking experience is what’s needed — and something we think the bars opening up in this country of late have provided. Drink less, but better.

Click here to take a look at the chart, and please — remember that moderation is the thing, right?


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