As some of you know, Adam and I are taking on a personal project to record all of the alcoholic drinks we have this year. My initial reasoning was that collecting this kind of data would help us curb our drinking (the usual “Drink less this year” resolution) – I was thinking the observer effect could cause us to change our behavior. It’s only been a few months so far, so I’m not sure if it’s working or whether it’s just making us drink a greater variety of beers. Hopefully we’ll see.
Currently the reporting side of this is in progress, but thought I’d throw in an update anyway. Here’s a preview of our working notes.
Year 2012, Quarter 1
From January 1st, 2012 to March 31st, 2012
Total Number of Drinks Consumed: 151
Top 10 Breweries:
Total Number of Drinks Consumed: 201
Top 10 Breweries:
Both of Us
We primary drink beer. Adam didn’t have a single glass of wine this quarter (I had 11). There was a scattering of whiskey and soju and the like, but not much of it. Beer’s our go-to.
It raises a few questions for us: Where’s our beer coming from? How local do we drink? This year, thanks to the revival of Washington DC brewing, we’ve been drinking a lot of DC Brau and Chocolate City. It’s available everywhere we hang out.
Breweries (mapped quickly in Google Fusion Tables):
Here’s a zoom into the United States:
Drinking plenty of local(ish) beers!
Also interesting: The United States recommended maximum intake of alcoholic beverages is about 1 drink/day for women and 2 drinks/day for men, and according to Wikipedia that differs between countries. Among the countries that have a higher recommended maximum than the U.S.: Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and the U.K., Denmark, Ireland.
That’s it for now. More data and observations to follow in a later post.