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They keep telling us we’re drinking …

Recently, there was a small amount of hubbub over the fact that Cincinnati somehow ended up #10 on Forbes Magazine's list of Hardest Drinking Cities.

At first glance, our sales would confirm that. The Ohio Division of Liquor Control released stats yesterday that show a 5% increase from the previous year's sales of spirits greater than 21% alcohol / 42 proof, for a sales figure of $729.9 million.  According to the Business Courier,

That translates to sales of 10.6 million gallons, up more than
309,000 gallons, or 3 percent, from fiscal 2008, when volume nudged up
only 1 percent.Ohioans have increased their liquor intake
by an average of more than 200,000 gallons since the division’s fiscal
1997. This year’s tally broke last year’s record year.
…On a volume basis, Ohioans bought 10.6 million gallons of scotch, vodka
and other spirits, 3 percent more than in the 2008 fiscal year.

That's a lot of scotch, vodka, and other spirits. It does not take into account beer and wine (unlike the Forbes Magazine survey). It also doesn't take into account the out-of-state liquor sales. While that is really only relevant to southern Ohio, a good deal of dollars are exchanged by Ohioans heading to the liquor stores on Kentucky side of the river.

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Posted by Michelle at 1:00 pm in Cincinnati, Cocktails, History, Local | Permalink | Comments (1)

One Response to “They keep telling us we’re drinking …”

  1. Job loss= too much time on hands but where are the funds coming from?

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