I just got into my hotel room in Seattle. I’m in town for the Hard Liver Barleywine Festival over at Brouwer’s, though I’ll first be attending a cheese and beer tasting courtesy of Alan Shapiro’s SBS Imports, and then a whisky tasting tonight.
Anyway, I came across an interesting little factoid in a magazine I was reading on the plane. I can’t verify its accuracy or its source, but it’s interesting all the same.
The “estimated number of drunk people in the world at any given moment” is 46,948,952, or nearly 47 million. With an estimated current world population, as I write this, of 6,894,222,276 or roughly 6.9 billion, that means a mere 0.68% of the world — less than 1 percent — is inebriated at any given time. That doesn’t sound like very many drunks in the world when expressed that way, now does it?