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Slate: 'How normal is your drinking?'

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Dick Whitman, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I know everyone here hates Slate, but regardless, the topic is interesting.

    The top 10 percent of American drinkers drink an average of 74 drinks a week, which is unfathomable to me.

    Thirty percent of Americans don't drink at all. I'm actually surprised the number isn't higher than that.

    I can't recall the exact figure, but a very significant percentage don't drink much at all - like one drink a week, tops.

    I'm in the 5-10 range, I would guess. I'm a have-a-beer-or-glass-of-bourbon-or-martini/Manhattan/daquiri/something-new over the grill or at the end of the day watching the ballgame-type guy.
  2. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    I'm alarmed by the growing inequality in drinking.
  3. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    Of course. You're not single and childless. When I was, I could easily surpass that number.
  4. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I'm not surprised there are people who drink 74 drinks a week. I'm surprised that 10 percent of Americans average that many drinks a week.
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member


    I'm pretty sure there was a good amount of my life that I qualified as an alcoholic based on the numbers.

    I never got close to 74.
  6. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    You'd surpass 74 drinks a week easily? Jesus.
  7. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    The other day, Mrs. Whitman, who is always worried about some maladay or another, says out of nowhere, "Do you ever worry about your liver?"

    I say, "I drink one or two drinks, four or five times a week."

    She says, "Yes, but sometimes it's hard liquor."

    "You understand," I said, "that a glass of hard liquor or a cocktail has the same amount of alcohol as a beer, right?"

    She said she did.

    She didn't.
  8. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    At my height I never had time even for one-half that number.
  9. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    10 drinks a night is insane. I worked with a columnist who was probably close to that, but he would occasionally take a night off.

    My grandparents were functioning alcoholics and they would have 4-5 martinis a night.

    I'll occasionally have a drink in certain social situations, but I can go years in between drinks. I just don't see the upside to it. I sort of feel like I got drinking out of my system in my 20s. I was never a big drinker after college though.
  10. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    It's not about the buzz now, for me. I like it in the same way I like spicy foods. All the 20-somethings I work with talk non-stop about their organic, grass-fed carrot blossom they had at Chez Foo Foo last night. Yeah, OK. I had Chipotle. But I know how to make a Negroni.
  11. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    At my alcoholic, single, childless worst, and drinking, say, Miller Lite, I probably got to 100 drinks a week.
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  12. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I don't judge those who drink. I just choose not to.

    It was funny, I was at a function for my kid's football team a few weeks ago and I was offered a beer and I waved it off and picked up a bottled water and one of the dads said, "Are you in recovery?"

    Not the first time that's happened.

    Over the years I've gotten: Does it make you uncomfortable if I drink in front of you? Uhh... No.
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