I’m not a big drinker (for the most part I prefer to eat my calories). But I do have an appreciation for liqueur and wine.
Walking into a BevMo (Costco of alcohol), however, I am struck by how expensive alcohol is. My weakness is Godiva chocolate liqueur, but that drink goes for $30+ a bottle. Never mind at restaurants and bars – I’ve read that restaurants make most of their markups on alcoholic beverages, and I can certainly believe that from a quick glance at the menu.
A quick tally shows that I spend maybe $10-$15 on alcohol a month – that usually includes a bottle of Moscato or Prosecco, and maybe a sample bottle of Bailey’s or Chambord from BevMo. If a friend is having a party, that sum will go up because I’ll usually bring a pack of beer from Trader Joe’s (~$8) or a bottle of wine (~$10-$15 per bottle).
The reason that sum’s so low is because I almost never order alcohol at restaurants (even though sometimes I really want to – the drink concoctions look so beautiful in pictures!). On the occasions when I go to bars, I’ll order a Sprite or Coke unless I have a designated driver. Living in an area where cars rule the road and being a petite person, I have to be very careful about (not) drinking and driving. A bigger person might be able to have a couple of beers, sit for a few hours, then drive home.