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

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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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Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:07 | 5084495 fonzannoon
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Please excuse me, as I have been drinking, but what qualifies as the "top 10%"?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:09 | 5084509 theonewhowaskazu
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The top 10% of people that have drunk the most.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:20 | 5084553 BobPaulson
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Probably exaggerated if they count an American beer as one drink.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:31 | 5084591 MrTouchdown
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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.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:43 | 5084641 DoChenRollingBearing
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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...

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:46 | 5084655 CrazyCooter
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Bennie/Old Yellin is gonna dry me out!

<shakes fist>



Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:10 | 5085059 wee-weed up
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I'll drink to that!


Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:19 | 5085093 bonin006
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Here's a song to go with it:

(Allen Sherman - The Drinking Man's Diet)

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 22:59 | 5085525 S.M.T.U.Q.I.
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Obozo acts like always drunk

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:45 | 5086231 Headbanger
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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:


Wed, 08/13/2014 - 09:11 | 5086630 wallstreetapost...
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Nope..... I just drink 10 martinis a day... 

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:55 | 5086014 A Nanny Moose
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I'm just here for the free beer.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:51 | 5084676 NoDebt
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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.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:05 | 5085540 TheReplacement
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That is just so patriotic of you.  I resemble that remark.


Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:55 | 5084685 Harbanger
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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.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 20:00 | 5084710 fonzannoon
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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?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:11 | 5085063 Thirtyseven
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Probably better for your health too.  Who the hell wants to put pharmaceuticals into their body these days?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:06 | 5085546 TheReplacement
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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.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:30 | 5085987 Implied Violins
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I always win the fridge battle. It's the toilet battle I always lose...might as well just pour the fucking things straight in.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:29 | 5085772 AGuy
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"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.


Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:13 | 5086081 Tall Tom
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Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:28 | 5084753 DoChenRollingBearing
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[Should have mentioned that I really intended to mostly address my situation only]

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:32 | 5085156 Realname
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Thats why I make my own! Bubble bubble bubble says the airlock.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:01 | 5085528 BeerMe
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Reminding me that my fermenter is empty.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:39 | 5085196 willwork4food
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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.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:38 | 5086070 Contingent Claim
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Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:45 | 5084648 CrazyCooter
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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!



Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:58 | 5084702 scrappy
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18 Packs of Molson Ice are 18 bucks around here, buck a beer and high Alcohol %!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:09 | 5085552 TheReplacement
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Brew your own brandy wine (it is a style of beer) and you can get 10%+ for less than a buck a bottle.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 20:03 | 5084732 Stuck on Zero
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What percentage of that top 10% of drinkers holds a steady job?


Wed, 08/13/2014 - 04:14 | 5086094 Tall Tom
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Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:31 | 5084593 NoDebt
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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.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 20:16 | 5084796 Hulk
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The tallboy do save on the back and forth !!!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 20:25 | 5084838 Wait What
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"clear alcohols are for rich women on diets"

-Ron Swanson

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 20:42 | 5084903 NoDebt
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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.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 20:59 | 5084992 SmackDaddy
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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.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 23:23 | 5085602 TheReplacement
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You need to shoot for Professional Russian.  Don't try this at home.


Tue, 08/12/2014 - 20:58 | 5084999 Postal
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I knew I liked you. Cheers, Mate!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:34 | 5085170 Realname
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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.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 22:52 | 5085503 Sedaeng
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Titos Vodka made in Austin Texas. The smoothest you'll ever taste!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:25 | 5084570 jarana
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I pity the other 90%. They KNOW that things won't get better at 20:00.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:44 | 5085214 willwork4food
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LOL. On the other hand the KNOW they won't feel like shit at 0600-1200.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:10 | 5084516 Let them eat iPads
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Mostly comedians.

What, too soon?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:11 | 5084523 nmewn
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Not looting the liquor?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:21 | 5084557 Inbetween is pain
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Exactly, extremely stupid chart and article.  Who the fuck wrote this?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 20:04 | 5084735 barre-de-rire
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top 10% are those who remain standing when drunk.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:08 | 5084506 toady
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Drink up!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:09 | 5084508 Bankster Kibble
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Well, THAT explains our foreign policy.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 19:11 | 5084522 astoriajoe
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as long as its organic, its fine.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:00 | 5085006 Postal
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I didn't think it was possible for even good alcohol to explan our bad foreign policy.

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