Economy Down, Alcohol Consumption Up

The economy may be down, but Americans seem to be drinking up.

Officials in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, among other places, say alcohol sales are on the increase. But experts are mixed on drinking and its appeal during harder times.

Some say people drink more of less expensive brands... and others maintain that elbow bending slows down when people stop spending.
And experts say people are more inclined to drink more at home, and less at bars.

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  • by jfe Location: Washington DC on Apr 24, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    You Christian extremists are absolutely pathetic. Yes, alcohol is an easy means of "soothing" the pain derived from a tough economy, and there are obviously more positive ways of taking your mind off of it. But for you to blame this, along with every other misfortune that happens in the world, on "Satan" is simply nothing more but outdated/medieval thought. But what should be expected? Many of you considered Bush to be the second coming of Jesus Christ!?
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      by Vickie on Aug 11, 2011 at 12:46 PM in reply to jfe
      You mean like people who think obama walks on water!?
  • by T Location: Washignton on Sep 2, 2008 at 08:45 AM
    I agree with Bob.
  • by Elroy Location: Washinton on Sep 2, 2008 at 06:47 AM
    Here's to swimmin with bow-legged women. Have a drink Chiefee it's going to be a long day. Movie Jaws.
  • by Bob D Location: Jamesville NC on Sep 2, 2008 at 06:44 AM
    Read between the lines drinking Alcohol is a snare from satan in the times we are living in. People think drinking is going to sooth or comfort them or solve their problems but it makes them worst. Yes drinking is up because of the way the mess this Country is in. The USA is headed sraight to Gehenna if it does not turn back to to our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus.
  • by RN on Sep 2, 2008 at 05:29 AM
    The correlation between unemployment and alcoholism is astounding.
  • by WOLFGANG Location: CHOCOWINITY on Sep 2, 2008 at 05:11 AM
    Their is a way to make some Money and Profit on this trend. I do not want to get in trouble, and I am not recommending anybody buy this Stock. If I had to pick one stock , and if drinking goes up on hard times. My pick a company called " Diageo Plc ADR " traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Symbol DEO. The company is based in the United Kingdom and sells World Wide almost every Alochol Brand and Lable Made, Smirnoff Vodka, Jose Cuervo Tequila, Guinness Ect. has a PE of around 15.89 and has around a 2.86% Yield. I own the Stock. Do your home work before you invest. Lots of luck. Or I should say Cheers!!

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