Ohio Sets Record For Liquor Sales



Welcome to Ohio.
  • Welcome to Ohio.

When the going gets tough, the tough drink. That appears to be the takeaway from news that Ohio set yet another record for liquor sales, with residents of the Buckeye state spending an ungodly sum of $754 million on booze last year.

What can we say? We're thirsty. And bored. And depressed. And we're definitely funnier when we drink.

The Columbus Dispatch reports:

That's an increase of $19million, or 2.6 percent, from 2009, the division said. Consumers statewide bought 11million gallons of liquor last year, a 2.5percent increase over 2009.

The money generated from the sales contributed $167million to Ohio's general fund, said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Department of Commerce. An additional $71.7 million was deposited into the state's treasury, with $66.7million more earmarked for several state services, including alcoholism-prevention programs, the state said.

The figures apply to sales of products with more than 21percent alcohol by volume in the state's 454 regulated liquor stores, said Matt Mullins, department spokesman. Beer and wine are not included in this total.

If you include beer and wine, then Ohio bought and drank enough alcohol to kill a small state... say, Delaware for instance.

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 [email protected].

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.