DrugAbuse.com, a leading provider of substance abuse treatment resources, conducted a survey of 3,000 drinkers (aged 21+), and found overall, the average Californian consumed 850 ‘standard size’ drinks in 2020. An average of 16 drinks per week.

This was below the national average of 17 standard size drinks per week.

In case you care what  the people at the Centers For Disease Control tell you, they say drinking 14 alcoholic drinks per week is ‘heavy drinking’.  That’s for guys.

Ladies, the feds say you can only have 7 drinks per week to be classified as doing ‘heavy drinking.’

A standard drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol), 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol) or 1.5 ounces of liquor (40% alcohol).

Broken down across the country, it appears that Alaskans consumed the most with an average of 27 standard drinks per week during lockdown. Comparatively, residents in Hawaii and New Hampshire had just 10 drinks per week – the lowest figure across the US.


Wine Bottles on the shelf at a wine shop. Photo from Alpha Media USA Portland OR