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.