Alcohol, as we all know, is the answer to most of life’s problems. It’s also a great way to lubricate celebrations, forget your social anxiety, participate in your sports team’s winning/losing and writing aid. And since New York has so many people who are sports fan writers with social anxiety, of course it turns out we’re chock full of binge drinkers. 1.2 million, according to the New York Post. Way to be, New York!
The Post shares the news, that they seem to consider alarming, that 20 percent of New Yorkers have consumed five alcoholic drinks are more one time in a 30-day period. Seriously, that’s the definition of a binge drinker. Far be it from us to be jokey about what is apparently our newest public health crisis, but if you’ve only done that once in the last month, the bars you drink at are too expensive. Well, that or you’re a new parent, we suppose. The paper also notes that 3.5 million New Yorkers have had at least one drink in the last 30 days, which certainly sounds about right.
What the story doesn’t go in to is that there are just so many good reasons to drink around here. Rent woes, not being able to find a job, your current job driving you to insanity, not being able to find love, great dive bars, great bars that aren’t dives and just the general neurosis and mental health issues that start popping up in anyone who lives here long enough. Frankly, we wouldn’t be shocked if the survey undercounted the amount of binge drinkers around here.