Forget Piketty; The Real Problem In The US Is Inebriation Inequality

Tyler Durden's picture

While income inequality maybe the hot topic du jour, the following chart suggests America has another - even bigger - problem - Inebriation Inequality. Perhaps stunning to many, the top 10% of US adults consume - on average - 10 drinks per day!!!



h/t @_cingraham

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fonzannoon's picture

Please excuse me, as I have been drinking, but what qualifies as the "top 10%"?

theonewhowaskazu's picture

The top 10% of people that have drunk the most.

BobPaulson's picture

Probably exaggerated if they count an American beer as one drink.

MrTouchdown's picture

Any more, the gubment considers thinking about having a drink, or being within 20' of a listerine bottle as having a drink. So, you're probably an alcoholic.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Alcoholism is a huge problem in the USA.  Latest figure I saw is that about 12% are alcoholic, whether active or not.

Just counting direct costs for the moment, let's say that an alcoholic giving it all up saves an average of $8.00 per day (bare minimum average) adds up to over $2500 per year.  That's out-of-pocket costs only.  That does not count the other costs of alcohol addiction...

CrazyCooter's picture

Bennie/Old Yellin is gonna dry me out!

<shakes fist>



bonin006's picture

Here's a song to go with it:

(Allen Sherman - The Drinking Man's Diet)

S.M.T.U.Q.I.'s picture

Obozo acts like always drunk

Headbanger's picture

One drink is defined as 0.6 oz of pure (200 proof) alcohol which is


  • 12 oz. of beer or wine cooler
  • 8-9 oz. of malt liquor
  • 5 oz. of table wine
  • 3-4 oz. of fortified wine (sherry or port)
  • 2-3 oz. of liqueur, cordial or apertif
  • 1.5 oz. of brandy
  • 1.5 oz. of spirits (whiskey, gin, vodka, etc.)


So 10 drinks per day is 6 oz of pure alcohol or just two 8 oz martinis of 80 proof booze!

Which is easy to do for "professional drinkers" of the top 10%

They're NOT drinking beer cause they would blow up like blimps in no time and wine hangovers are some of the worst.


FYI  Blood Alcohol Content chart:


wallstreetaposteriori's picture

Nope..... I just drink 10 martinis a day... 

A Nanny Moose's picture

I'm just here for the free beer.

NoDebt's picture

Yeah, but they die early so they don't cost us as much in SS and Medicare.

Hold on a minute. I gotta put out my cigarette.  Take a nice sip from my drink.... ah, there we go.

You should thank people like me.  I pay big taxes on those products and I won't live long enough to draw down on my "entitlements".  

It's for the children, of course.

TheReplacement's picture

That is just so patriotic of you.  I resemble that remark.


Harbanger's picture

Costs?  What about the cost impact of alcoholism on Obamacare.  We must declare War on Alcoholism.  The progressives can stay true to form and bring back Prohibition or at least tax the crap out of it to offset healthcare costs and nudge you into proper behavior.  For the chilfren.

fonzannoon's picture

I figure alcohol is keeping obamacare down. Self medication from 7/11 has got to be cheaper than whatever the doc is going to prescribe, no?

Thirtyseven's picture

Probably better for your health too.  Who the hell wants to put pharmaceuticals into their body these days?

TheReplacement's picture

I am with you and have engaged in battle with the beer in my fridge.  So far they are going down easy.  This may be a long hard war but I'm in it to the end.

Implied Violins's picture

I always win the fridge battle. It's the toilet battle I always lose...might as well just pour the fucking things straight in.

AGuy's picture

"the cost impact of alcoholism on Obamacare. We must declare War on Alcoholism"


Nah, They want the drunks and the druggies to keep the public dumbed down. However there is an hot war against intelligence, critical thinking and hard work.


DoChenRollingBearing's picture

[Should have mentioned that I really intended to mostly address my situation only]

Realname's picture

Thats why I make my own! Bubble bubble bubble says the airlock.

BeerMe's picture

Reminding me that my fermenter is empty.

willwork4food's picture

Good point, but that depends on what you drink. I could drink rot gut nat light et.el,by the case and save that much. Thankfully, the Gods have graced me with a finer taste in my beer consumption...which does cost more. Hey, you pay for quality. I quit for 20 years and ate a lot more and, well got a few more "prescription" drugs a lot more. Considering a Big Mac costs a fiver, you do the math.

CrazyCooter's picture

Well, if this correlates at all with actually seeing the shit storm that is coming (i.e. educated or possessing gumption and thus better economic opportunities), it isn't surprising.

And to boot, I am getting close to the point where decent beer is going to just cost too much and I am considering giving up what is essentially the only vice I have left. I refuse to drink shit beer and inflation is really starting to bite ... damn near 20 bucks for a decent 12 pack up here!



scrappy's picture

18 Packs of Molson Ice are 18 bucks around here, buck a beer and high Alcohol %!

TheReplacement's picture

Brew your own brandy wine (it is a style of beer) and you can get 10%+ for less than a buck a bottle.

Stuck on Zero's picture

What percentage of that top 10% of drinkers holds a steady job?


NoDebt's picture

I gave up on beer a long time ago.  Vodka on the rocks is my current theme.  I only have one every night.  In a 16 oz. tallboy.  Purely for medicinal purposes, of course.

Hulk's picture

The tallboy do save on the back and forth !!!

Wait What's picture

"clear alcohols are for rich women on diets"

-Ron Swanson

NoDebt's picture

I'm part Russian.  

In the same way that Elizabeth Warren is part Native-American (Or Obama is a natural-born American).  Because it suits my needs at the moment.

SmackDaddy's picture

always wanted to know who was buying all that kamchatka (best selling liquor in ohio).  i figured it was kids and broke-ass alcoholics with no taste.  i guess that's still not as dumb as buying "premium" vodka (oxymoron).  but for chrissakes man, get yourself a decent whiskey.

TheReplacement's picture

You need to shoot for Professional Russian.  Don't try this at home.


Postal's picture

I knew I liked you. Cheers, Mate!

Realname's picture

If you ever have the opportunity to try this pick a bottle up. Ive had several vodkas in my life and I have to say this is the best.

Sedaeng's picture

Titos Vodka made in Austin Texas. The smoothest you'll ever taste!

jarana's picture

I pity the other 90%. They KNOW that things won't get better at 20:00.

willwork4food's picture

LOL. On the other hand the KNOW they won't feel like shit at 0600-1200.

Let them eat iPads's picture

Mostly comedians.

What, too soon?

nmewn's picture

Not looting the liquor?

Inbetween is pain's picture

Exactly, extremely stupid chart and article.  Who the fuck wrote this?

barre-de-rire's picture

top 10% are those who remain standing when drunk.

Bankster Kibble's picture

Well, THAT explains our foreign policy.

astoriajoe's picture

as long as its organic, its fine.

Postal's picture

I didn't think it was possible for even good alcohol to explan our bad foreign policy.