Ohio Liquor Sales Hit Record Numbers


1 comment

Normal people select one bottle. Ohioans look at the selection and say, Well take it all.
  • Normal people select one bottle. Ohioans look at the selection and say, "We'll take it all."

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.

The Beacon Journal has the details:

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.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.