Booze Bargain? 1 in 5 Americans believe low alcohol prices contribute to drinking problems in their community, reveals poll
Broken down across the country, those in Arkansas have the strongest feelings about low alcohol prices contributing to drinking problems in their community with 50% saying they felt this was the case. Comparatively, just 10% of those in rural Wyoming think low-cost liquor is a contributing factor.
The survey also found that over more than two-thirds (68%) of respondents think non-alcoholic beverages, such as mocktails, are too expensive. This could be another reason why some feel low prices of alcoholic drinks are contributing negatively to their community’s drinking problem. Perhaps more people would be inclined to order non-alcoholic alternatives if there was less of a price discrepancy between their alcoholic counterparts.
More than 1 in 3 (36%) people say alcohol is part of their weekly grocery shop, which could suggest the low cost makes it more affordable for regular consumption if some are consuming it on a weekly basis. Additionally, 18% of people say they buy alcohol in bulk in order to save money.
On the other hand, more than 1 in 10 (16%) people admit to buying alcohol at the store purely because there was a special offer, even if they had no intention of buying it before getting there.