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Saturday, October 20, 2018

San Diegans apparently have an outsized fondness for beer, wine and spirits, helping lift the metro area to the top of a new list of the booziest cities in America. That's according to a study assembled by Delphi Behavioral Health Group, a company that owns and operates drug and alcohol detox and treatment centers. Curious about testing the theory that staying sober can help consumers save money, Delphi decided to probe data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' annual Consumer Expenditure Survey. Based on expenditure stats tabulated by the BLS, a San Diego consumer spent on average $1,112 last year on alcohol, easily catapulting the metro area to No. 1, past San Francisco, the leader in 2016.

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I'm a bit surprised, frankly. I suppose the nearly 40,000 students at SDSU might be skewing the data, but I'm still surprised.

#1 | Posted by Karabekian at 2018-10-20 11:08 AM | Reply

Beer I can kinda believe, since the brewery scene here is second to none.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-10-20 11:40 AM | Reply

Beer I can kinda believe, since the brewery scene here is second to none.

When I win next Tuesday's $1.6 billion mega millions jackpot, I'll be moving to San Diego by Wednesday morning.

"Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy"
-- Benjamin Franklin

#3 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-10-20 11:55 AM | Reply

#2 Snoofy, are you in SD? Vecino!!

#4 | Posted by Karabekian at 2018-10-20 12:09 PM | Reply

My wife and I really like that hispanic village place with all the craft shops and restaurants.
It's really fun at night when it's all lit up and the music is going.
I bought a cool death mask t-shirt there and drank a ton of margaritas.

Also the old downtown area is nice too. We had a great time in SD.

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-10-20 04:45 PM | Reply

#5 That's Old Town. There are often active archaeological digs going on there at any given time - not in the shopping & restaurant area, of course, but on the outskirts.

The old downtown area is the Gaslamp District. It's pretty cool, but before the ballpark was built, that neighborhood had tons of cool independent bookstores. They were priced out of the area. Most of those are gone on the Uptown area, as well. Hillcrest still has one or two. I can think of one on 5th Ave and one on University, just in the edge of North Park.

I love SD.

#6 | Posted by Karabekian at 2018-10-20 04:55 PM | Reply

#5 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

Nice sounding cover story, Ivan.

Go back to Russia.

#7 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-10-20 06:20 PM | Reply

#7 Coincidentally, Little Nikita was filmed in SD and, I believe, the suburb of La Mesa.

#8 | Posted by Karabekian at 2018-10-20 06:35 PM | Reply

#7 Coincidentally, Little Nikita was filmed in SD and, I believe, the suburb of La Mesa.

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#9 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-10-20 06:49 PM | Reply

the weather is perfect for getting hammered

#10 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2018-10-20 07:00 PM | Reply

Are we counting mere drunks, or blackout drunks? I have to believe the winner is a small bar someplace in East-Central Wisconsin, likely on a state highway!

#11 | Posted by john47 at 2018-10-21 11:13 AM | Reply

#11 Exactly. This Vanity Fair piece says Wisconsin is the "drunkest" STATE in all measurable ways. Like Snoofy says, San Diego is near the top of the microbrewery industry. I never thought of it as a"drunk" city, in the same way Boston is stereotypically considered a drunky town. SD's booziness is more "upscale," I guess.

www.vanityfair.com

#12 | Posted by Karabekian at 2018-10-21 11:30 AM | Reply

I'll put your 40,000 students up against my 10's of thousands of sailors and we'll see who can drink.....

The US Navy...the only military service with drinking in its fight song.

#13 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2018-10-21 11:53 AM | Reply

#13 That's right. The huge military presence in SD may also skew the data.

#14 | Posted by Karabekian at 2018-10-21 12:05 PM | Reply

I went to school there in the early 70's and it was noticeably boozy even then. Wonder if the abundance of military installations and colleges around the area have anything to do with the situation?

#15 | Posted by paltroon1 at 2018-10-21 05:17 PM | Reply

Never mind...I should read the other comments before I post. My question has been answered.

#16 | Posted by paltroon1 at 2018-10-21 05:18 PM | Reply

I've been to San Diego twice. Drank a LOT there both times, even though I was there on business. Great town.

The only part I didn't like was landing at the airport. We had to fly through two buildings to get to the tarmac (fortunately they had the windows open) and then deplaned directly onto the water of the Pacific Ocean and swam ashore.

#17 | Posted by cbob at 2018-10-21 09:05 PM | Reply

Well, not really, but it seemed like it.

#18 | Posted by cbob at 2018-10-21 09:06 PM | Reply

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