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Drinking by the Numbers
America loves to drink. But just how much?
Can you drink like a Luxembourgian? Do you know the secret boozy history of the Mayflower? And just how hard would you have to sling a drink down the country's longest bar? We've collected some the wildest and most surprising facts and stats on America's other favorite pastime... drinking.
- • According to the Beer Institute, North Dakota is the state with the most beer consumption per capita, followed by New Hampshire and Nevada. Connecticut is the lowest, with New York and New Jersey right behind.
- • With over 360 watering holes, La Crosse, WI is in the Guinness World Records for the city with the most bars per capita.
- • Established in 1673, The White Horse Tavern in Newport, RI is widely considered America's oldest bar.
- • A seldom-enforced law in Fairbanks, AK makes it illegal to give a moose any type of alcohol.
- • While wine and beer typically have an alcohol content between 5% and 15%, hard liquor, on the other hand, usually has an alcohol content of 40% and can go as high as 95%.
- • According to the World Health Organization, Luxembourg consumes more alcohol than any other country, with nearly 16 liters per capita. The United States languishes at number 43, between Serbia & Montenegro, and Argentina.
- • Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in the United States, making up nearly 60% of the total alcohol consumed.
- • Humanity's love of alcohol is very old indeed. Stone Age beer jugs reveal that deliberately fermented alcoholic beverages existed at least as early as 10,000 B.C.
- • According to a Gallup poll, roughly 64% of Americans drink alcoholic beverages.
- • New Hampshire is the state with the highest per capita wine consumption with roughly 3,000 bottles per drinking age adult, according to Adams Wine Handbook. Meanwhile West Virginia, the land of homemade moonshine, has the lowest wine consumption.
- • In 1950 80% of liquor sold could be categorized as "whiskey," (Scotch, bourbon, etc.).
- • The Czech Republic consumes the most beer per capita than any other country in the world, with nearly 248 bottles per capita. The U.S. is number 13 on the list, behind Croatia but in front of Spain.
- • Beer can be measured as small as a nip–.25 pint–or as a large as a tun–216 gallons.
- • Coming in at 405 feet and 10 inches long, the U.S.'s longest bar is located in Put-in-Bay, OH at the Beer Barrel Saloon.
- • An Act of Congress passed in 1964 made bourbon the official spirit of the United States.
- • "The Star-Spangled Banner" was set to the tune of a popular British drinking song called "The Anacreontic Song."
- • Before ferrying the Puritans to Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower was originally used to transport alcohol from Bordeaux, France to London.
- • Prohibition lasted exactly 13 years, 10 months, 19 days, 17 hours, 32 ½ minutes – a long time to go with no happy hours.
- • Holy Moley! A 2006 Gallup poll revealed that 48% of weekly churchgoers say they drink alcohol compared with 69% of those who attend religious services less frequently and 72% of those who seldom or never attend.
- • According to a study at the University of Bretagne-Sud, researchers discovered that higher sound levels lead to people drinking more. They theorize that, because it is more difficult to hear when the music is louder, bar patrons concentrate on drinking rather than speaking.
- • In the U.S., someone is killed in an alcohol-related car accident an average of every 32 minutes.
- • It is estimated that 18% of Americans experience alcohol abuse or dependence at some time in their lives.