Do you think you drink a lot?

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  1. Stew Nod

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    Pretty interesting

    Think you drink a lot? This chart will tell you.

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    By Christopher Ingraham September 25
    Gabriela Muniz, The Noun Project
    Do you drink a glass of wine with dinner every night? That puts you in the top 30 percent of American adults in terms of per-capita alcohol consumption. If you drink two glasses, that would put you in the top 20 percent.

    But in order to break into the top 10 percent of American drinkers, you would need to drink more than two bottles of wine with every dinner. And you'd still be below-average among those top 10 percenters.

    The top 10 percent of American drinkers - 24 million adults over age 18 - consume, on average, 74 alcoholic drinks per week. That works out to a little more than four-and-a-half 750 ml bottles of Jack Daniels, 18 bottles of wine, or three 24-can cases of beer. In one week.

    Or, if you prefer, 10 drinks per day.

    These figures come from Philip J. Cook's "Paying the Tab," an economically-minded examination of the costs and benefits of alcohol control in the U.S. Specifically, they're calculations made using theNational Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) data.

    I double-checked these figures with Cook, just to make sure I wasn't reading them wrong. "I agree that it’s hard to imagine consuming 10 drinks a day," he told me. But, "there are a remarkable number of people who drink a couple of six packs a day, or a pint of whiskey."

    As Cook notes in his book, the top 10 percent of drinkers account for well over half of the alcohol consumed in any given year. On the other hand, people in the bottom three deciles don't drink at all, and even the median consumption among those who do drink is just three beverages per week.

    The shape of this usage curve isn't exactly unique. The Pareto Law states that "the top 20 percent of buyers for most any consumer product account for fully 80 percent of sales," according to Cook. The rule can be applied to everything from hair care products to X-Boxes.

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    Yeah, I'm not gonna read all that.
     
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    I'm usually in the bottom decile. But lately I've had about 1 drink per week. A beer just tastes so good every once in a while.
     
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    The graph is pretty easy...if you're not drunk IMO
     
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    What I find amazing is how much of their sales are generated by the top ten percentile...wow

    Without what most would consider 'problem drinkers' the booze companies would go out of business
     
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    Musical interlude

     
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    HaroldJackson Well-Known Member

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    hmmmn, where have I seen this before?
     
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    who the fuck drinks 3 drinks a week?
     
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    :up:
     
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    some weeks I may have only 3 or 4 on a weekend night...that's it

    Other weeks I may have 15 to 20 over a 3 day weekend..LOL
     
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    I would bet there is a positive correlation between 'not reading all that' and people in the top tenth percentile :grad:

    No offense
     
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    I concur
     
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    Stew Nod Hello VIP

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    Also LMFAO @ 73.85 drinks a week...that's fucking incredible
     
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    Right. Based on the scientific calculations of an admitted drunk.
     
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    i loves my booze. you're welcome liquor companies.
     
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    I'm Irish. Fuck your chart. :shots:
     
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    Only on Fridays.
     
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    Gator What?

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    Bullshit. Only days that end with y
     
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    Gator What?

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    This is an email I received from a big client on Tuesday right after lunch -
    "Hi xxxx can you please call this guy and setup sleep and give me a bitch they like you very much they're so other pretty happy with your workis can you please call this guy and setup sleep and give"
     
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    Did someone do this thread recently or maybe I read it somewhere else?