Several months ago, NPR published the results of a study revealing where and how Americans spent money on booze. Using figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, they examined the ways in which our alcohol spending habits have changed since 1982. The conclusions were interesting, and some were unexpected.
As a nation, we spend 1% of our disposable income on alcohol. That amount hasn’t changed over the past three decades. We drink roughly the same proportion of beer (47.7% today vs. 48.9% in 1982). However, wine purchases have increased from 16.2% to 39.7% of the total, while consumption of hard liquor has declined from 34.6% to 12.6%---despite the current explosion in the cocktail culture. (more…)