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Graphic: How Does Your Drinking Compare With Other Americans’?


Most of us don't drink much. But the top 10% of us are chugging around ten drinks per night! Which decile do you belong in?

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Do you drink a glass of wine a night? If so, that puts you in the top 30% of US adult drinkers, according to a new book Paying the Tab by Philip J. Cook. If you drink two glasses, you’re in the top 20%. But then the very top 10% imbibe significantly more—about 10 drinks per night. This means that approximately 24 million American adults are consuming about 18 bottles of wine or three cases of a beer over the course of just one week

“It’s hard to imagine consuming 10 drinks a day,” Cook explains. But, “there are a remarkable number of people who drink a couple of six packs a day, or a pint of whiskey.” These heavy drinkers account for more than half of US alcohol sales. As Cook points out, this means a disproportionate amount of the alcohol industry’s profitability relies on people who are probably alcoholics, or at least problem drinkers (the recommended limit is one drink per day for women and two per day for men). If these drinkers were to curb their use by 20%, overall alcohol sales would drop by a staggering 60%. In summation: Big Alcohol needs Big Drinkers.

Which decile do you belong in?