Think You Drink A Lot? Ten Percent Of Americans Drink Ten Drinks A Night
To which I say, “Holy fucking fuck.”
I mean, my love of alcohol is well-known. Well-known. I love booze. Bourbon, especially.
But even alcoholic old me was blown away by this from The Washington Post, which states ten percent of American have nearly 74 drinks a week.
That’s fucking insane.
The top 10 percent of American drinkers – 24 million adults over age 18 – consume, on average, 74 alcoholic drinks per week. That works out to a little more than four-and-a-half 750 ml bottles of Jack Daniels, 18 bottles of wine, or three 24-can cases of beer. In one week.
Jeebus. More than four bottles of Jack Daniels a week. Think about that. Think how much that is.
I live in a house with two other dudes, and we barely go through a 30-pack of Genesee Cream Ale a week. Even if you factor in binge drinking, this is nuts. Like, say you have 20 drinks on Friday and Saturday. That still leaves you needing six drinks a night from Sunday through Thursday to hit 70. I’m trying to think back to college, and there’s no way I did that much (I totally did that much).
(Full disclosure, I’m probably at 30-40 a week now. That still puts me in the far upper echelon. But 75? Dang.)
Thankfully, most Americans are much saner.
Do you drink a glass of wine with dinner every night? That puts you in the top 30 percent of American adults in terms of per-capita alcohol consumption. If you drink two glasses, that would put you in the top 20 percent.
What’s also surprising is how many Americans don’t drink. Nearly a third of the country doesn’t drink at all. Losers.