San Diegans spent more money on alcohol last year than any other metropolitan area in the nation, according to a new study by the Delphi Behavioral Health Group.
On average, each San Diego resident spent about $1,112 on alcohol in 2017, the study said. Seattle was $126 behind in second.
San Diegans spent the third-most in 2016, $2 behind Minneapolis-St. Paul. San Francisco spent the most that year with $1,131, according to the study.
The study broke down the average annual spending of Americans and found alcohol made up 0.8 percent of their total purchases.
Housing was number one at 33 percent, followed by transportation and food at 15.8 percent and 12.6 percent, respectively.
Alcohol spending is up nearly 57 percent since 1996, according to the study. This means Americans spend, on average, $175 more on alcohol a year than they did in 1996.
Americans between the age of 45 and 54 spent the most money on alcohol in 2016, but not by much, the study said. Other age groups only spent a few dozen dollars less for that year.
The west coast spent more than any other region, but, again, not by much.
The Delphi Behavioral Health Group used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Consumer Expenditure Survey.
To see the American Alcohol Expenditures study in full, go to Delphi Behavioral Health Group’s website.
The study comes out after a bottle of French Burgundy smashed the record for the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at auction, selling at $558,000.