Here in the US, we like our beer. We like it cold on a hot summer’s day and we like it on Sundays during football games. We drink when we’re tailgating, at a concert, or chilling on the beach.
In 2013, the US had 213,029 barrels of beer shipped in for consumption by its hop loving citizens. That’s 6.6 billion gallons of beer, and that’s just the imports. That number doesn’t include the domestic beer and all the micro-breweries we’re all so fond of.
That’s a whole lot of beer.
According to the Beer Market Insights, the average legal drinking aged adult drinks 27.7 gallons of beer in 2013. That number converts to 3,545.6 ounces, or roughly 295.5 cans of beer a year. But some of us drink way more than others.
Can you guess which states are the top five in the country? New York? Texas? Alaska?
So you may be wondering what these five states have in common. Can you guess it?
Nobody lives there! All the states at the top of the list have low population densities. Perhaps residents drink so much because they don’t have anywhere to go. I mean what are you really going to be doing in the middle of winter in North Dakota?
According to the CDC, binge drinking occurs anytime a woman drinks four or more drinks, or a man drinks five or more, in two hours. The Beer Marketers Insights says what the top states have in common is a large amount of binge drinkers. It’s also assumed these states have more heavy drinkers, defined as one or more drinks a day for women, and two or more for men.
Who’s to say really? All I know is I’m ready for a beer!