Monday, October 20, 2008
We Don't Like Voting But We Do Like Boozin'!
So one of the many facets of moi is that I'm pretty much straightedge. There are a number of reasons why I don't drink. This is not to say that I haven't drank or that I don't have the occasional sip of wine and whatnot, but as a general rule, homeslice does not drink.
Well it seems that I am a rarity in the True North Strong and Free.
New statistics are coming out regarding the amount and types of alcohol that Canadians consume and presumably, enjoy.
These stats include the fact that people in Newfoundland pay the most for beer (21.27$) although they don't include the territories and they must pay the most. Other stats include the total amount that the average Canadian spent on booze in 2007: 667$.
Surprise, surprise, beer makes up 47% of Canadian alcohol sales in this country. What was actually surprising and optistimic, in my mind, is the fact that 71% of spirits sold in this country are Canadian. Apparently the economy is going to shit and jobs are being exported overseas but we still support our local boozers.
We're patriotic like that, I suppose.
What did make me sad though was that "Mothers Against Drunk Driving estimates that there are between 1,280 and 1,500 deaths as a result of impaired driving in Canada every year, or about four every day."
And if that statistic doesn't have you crying your beer, this should. Under "Related Stories", CBC.ca links to the lovely headline
"Many Innu children suffering from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome".