Science Claims Missouri Drinks More Beer Than Illinois – Barely
I'd love to know how the internet knows stuff like this. A new study claims that Missouri drinks more beer than Illinois, but barely. Let's explore how they came to this conclusion.
Let me confess that this seems weird for me to share since I don't drink. Not judging, that's just my choice. However, I'm good enough at math to see that the study shared by VinePair shows Missourians consume more beer per person than Illinois. They even included a handy map.
How do they know who's drinking the most beer anyway?
According to the methodology shared, they came to this conclusion based on data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. I suppose they would know.
It's only fair to state that the ranking is based on per capita (meaning per person) data. When it comes to actual volume of beer that has been consumed, Illinois dwarfs Missouri with over 243 million gallons downed versus nearly 123 million gallons in Missouri. Dang, that's a lot of suds.
As to why Missouri drinks more beer per person compared to Illinois, I'd have to guess having a major brewery in St. Louis likely helps that ratio. Every time someone goes to a Major League Baseball game in St. Louis, they go to Busch Stadium after all. I wonder if Irish whiskey was counted, how would Illinois fare in that comparison? Inquiring minds want to know.
The entire Vinepair ranking is interesting if beer is your passion.