The Irish are known for a lot of things, from their luck to their ability to out-drink the rest of the world. On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone gets to be Irish. And they show it.
On any given day, 5.5 million pints of Guinness, Ireland’s most famous brand of stout, are consumed around the world. On St. Patrick’s day, this number shoots up to 13 million. Roughly 20 percent of Americans drink alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day and about 10% of the money they spend in celebration goes to beer.
Unfortunately, drinking on St. Patty’s Day can take a turn for the worst. Many revelers go on drinking binges. Binge drinking typically occurs when a man downs five or more drinks and a woman consumes four or more drinks in about two hours. More than 38 million U.S. adults are binge drinkers and most of them are between the ages of 18 and 34.
Binge drinking cost the United States a lot. In 2006, binge drinking cost $223.5 billion. Expenses include lost productivity, health care, and crime.
While St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to pretend that you’re as awesome as the Irish, crazy celebrations can have some disastrous consequences. To see more about the dangers of partying too hard, check out this infographic from InsuranceQuotes.com.
From: Bankrate Insurance’s InsuranceQuotes.com
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