We all know Bostonians love their booze, so it came as no surprise when The Daily Beast named Beantown America’s drunkest city. In awarding this dubious honor, the news site analyzed data from market-research firm Experian Simmons regarding the average number of alcoholic drinks per month the residents of more than 200 cities across the country reported to have consumed in a survey from earlier this year, as well as the percent of the population that are either binge drinkers or heavy drinkers for each metro area, according to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control. Naturally, Boston came out on top.
The timing of the results couldn’t be more perfect as Stephanie Schorow, author of Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits, prepares to talk about Boston’s long and illustrious relationship with alcohol with host Emily Rooney tonight on WGBH’s Greater Boston news program. Tune in at 7 p.m. to hear Schorow share tales of the city’s boozy past and discuss the surprising correlation between alcohol and Boston politics. (EDITOR’S NOTE: See the segment here)
Drinking Boston introduces readers to the cast of characters who championed or vilified drinking and the places where they imbibed—legally and otherwise. Bringing us to present day, this literary pub crawl visits some of Boston’s most beloved and enduring neighborhood barrooms, ending with an examination of Boston’s very own recipe for the current cocktail renaissance sweeping the nation—the innovators, the hotspots, and the uncompromising dedication to craft. The book is available through our website; online through Amazon or Barnes & Noble; or pick up a copy at your favorite local bookstore. If your favorite shop doesn’t have it in stock, just ask—they’ll be happy to order it for you!