How Much Beer Do We Drink on St. Patricks Day? The Holiday By the Numbers
It's an often-discussed subject, does St. Patricks Day bring huge spikes in beer sales? How much do we drink, anyway?
After a thorough search of a variety of sources, we've found while beer sales do go up on the Irish Holiday, most of the spending comes from bars and restaurants. There isn't a huge spike in beer sales, like you see with the Super Bowl or other events. It does go up, but not that much.
According to a study done by Guinness, makers of the world-famous Stout beers, and Ask The Experts online, the average person will spend about $35 dollars towards parties on the day, the majority of that drinking. Guinness also estimates about 13 million pints of their various beers will be consumed world-wide.
Some other facts about what was originally an Irish religious holiday, that's turned into a consumption-fest for many Americans:
- As of 2015, there are at least 100 different St. Patrick's holiday cards available from Hallmark, the world leader in greeting cards.
- 82% of Americans will wear something with green on it, even if just a lapel pin.
- 52% plan some sort of celebration.
Some other lesser known, and even sobering, facts about the holiday:
- 45lbs.-the amount of vegetable oil dye used to turn the Chicago River green for the holiday.
- 70%-the increase in cabbage purchase and consumption during the week of the holiday.
- 276-the number of fatal alcohol related crashes between 2009 and 2013 nationally, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
- 11%-the number of Americans who annually plan a St. Patrick's Day vacation to Ireland.
So regardless of what you're doing Thursday, make it a safe and sane one. We will be skipping the cabbage, though. Yikes!