Ohioans love their booze. Good times, bad times, boring times, exciting times — you bet we're enjoying whatever we're doing with a healthy quantity of libations. Hell, you're probably reading this while drunk.
Which is why it shouldn't surprise you to know that liquor sales in the Buckeye State hit a record last fiscal year, which ended June 30, for the 11th year in a row.
According to an Ohio Department of Commerce report released yesterday, Ohioans spent $742.7 million dollars on hard liquor last year. That's a lot of Kamchatka.
Why the increase? People are buying more expensive liquors and drinking them at home instead of spending $10 for a martini at a bar or restaurant. What can be said? We're economical drinkers. If we have less money it doesn't mean we're going to drink any less, we're just going to drink at home. We'll forgo a little entertainment and a night on the town for our needed buzz.
Sales hit a record $742.7 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30, the Ohio Department of Commerce reported Thursday.
Liquor sales rose $12.8 million, or 1.75 percent, over the previous year.
It was the 11th consecutive year of record sales.
But don't blame the recent increase on people drowning their sorrows over the poor economy, state spokesman Matt Mullins said.
Instead, the state attributed the jump to higher prices; people willing to buy more expensive brands of vodka, whiskey, rum and gin; and a shift in people buying liquor at licensed retail stores rather than going out to bars and restaurants.
So, raise a glass, Ohioans, because you're probably holding one already, to your fellow citizens also sitting at home on a Friday night in their underwear drinking by themselves and watching Seinfeld reruns. We're in this together, even if we won't remember that fact tomorrow morning.