Recession makes smokers, drinkers cut back
Remember way back when I asked you if you were drinking or smoking more or less since the recession started?
Well, Commander Meredith's piece about it came out in today's paper.
Here is the gist of Meredith's article:
Data show that many people are taming their vices rather than drowning their sorrows these days - behavior that national researchers say is consistent with past recessions.
The desire to drink and smoke may grow with financial pressures, but sales of some alcohol and cigarettes are dipping with disposable income.
Makes sense to me. But it also gets me thinking ...
I've talked to a lot of bar owners, who say business is booming compared with this time last year. I wonder if that's just a pocket of the city's drinking scene, and not indicative of the whole thing.
Maybe when people do go out, they drink more than they used to, which accounts for the rise. I also think the Ravens having such a great season helped the bars significantly.
Oh, and if you read all the way to the bottom of Meredith's piece, you'll find a quote from Midnight Sun's very own Ryan Graham of the Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad.
Photo: At The Wine Source in Hampden, Matt McOsker selects less expensive vintages, checking his iPhone for reviews of offerings while trying to keep the average under $10 a bottle. (Baltimore Sun photo by Algerina Perna / March 12, 2009)