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.
These upper amounts seem staggeringly high for me — who cannot indulge in more than two drinks without becoming violently ill.
Via Mangan’s, where the commenters discuss their drinking habits and the last one remarks:
So there are four-five alcoholics or former alcoholics posting replies in the so far 25 messages thread. Seems to jibe rather well with the 10% total which I maintain is roughly correct.