Dallas Drinks Less Than Any Other Big City in America, Poll Finds

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Think Dallas likes to drink? Think again.
A new Harris Interactive poll queried 2,000 adults in top U.S. markets and determined some facts about our local drinking habits that may be harder to swallow than a shot of rail gin. Residents in cities like Philadelphia, L.A., Washington, D.C, and others were asked about how often they consume alcohol, and it turns out that Dallas doesn't drink all that much.

Before we get to the bad news, let's look at what Dallas does right. First, we are a city of beer drinkers. In fact we're one of the most beer-drinkingest cities in the country, behind only Philadelphia. Dallas residents are also the second most likely to drink whiskey, which coupled with our lack of taste for wine (dead last) proves that we all drink like cowboys, which is pretty awesome.

There are, however, a large number of Dallas-area residents who don't drink with much enthusiasm. Thirty-one percent of those polled in Dallas said they don't drink at all, and another 11 percent said they drink "less often than once a year," which is pretty much the same thing. In fact, if you add up all of the Dallas respondents that drink "once a month or less" you get 64 percent. That's a lot of people who aren't really drinkers because being a drinker takes practice, regular enthusiastic practice. It also puts Dallas in last -- dead last. We suck at having fun. The drunken kind, anyway.

Perhaps the next great food holiday should be Buy Your Teetotaling Friend a Shot of Local Whiskey And a Six-Pack of Craft Beer Day. Sure, it's a little offensive, but it would stimulate the local economy. And with so many people with so little tolerance for alcohol, it would help us win one thing hands down: drunkest city.


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text142004
text142004

This is because The Billiard Bar closed.  Duh

Daniel
Daniel

But this doesn't take into account how much we Dallas drinkers duly drink. I drank, let's say, 24 rounds this weekend. Put me together with two teetotalers/very light drinkers (roughly a 1:2 ratio, as in the poll), and we drank eight rounds each. 

jamessavik
jamessavik

In other news, 12 step programs are doing quite well in the DFW area.

J_A_
J_A_

They probably called people who still own a land line phone.

NewsDog
NewsDog

I think I'll have to go out tonight and do my best to disprove this. 

brian.martin
brian.martin

Shit, I knew I shouldn't have moved to the 817..Sorry guys...

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

I guess the Harris pollsters never visited the Katy Trail Ice House, Deep Ellum, or places like The Barley House on a weekend evening. And, that's not even scratching the surface.

csfarrall
csfarrall

"2000 people in top US markets" sounds like a terribly inaccurate polling exercise. Was this online? Over the phone? What age range? 

If so few people actually drink in this city, then it'd be interesting to see how many smoke pot.

roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

So Dallas is full of non-Texan transplants.  Who would have thunk that? :)

This is why the rest of Texas disowns Dallas.

mm32
mm32

Could it also be telling us that Dallas residents lie to Harris pollsters?

Ballzack
Ballzack

@mm32  Two people that a Baptist will never recognize: 1) the Pope; and 2) another Baptist in a liquor store.

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