March 19, 2004



From the Economist this week, evidence that what you already knew was right is true. Portuguese drink a little bit at every meal including breakfast and snack breaks (more tea, padre?). The Irish drink a lot, all the time. The Greeks never go out. And the British are, of course, the perfect mean.

Posted by Charles at 06:48 PM GMT

I honestly wonder where Americans would lie on this chart. I think we'd end up somewhere near the Brits and the Dutch, not because we're steady, reasonable drinkers, but because we're a strong mix of teetotallers and bingers.

Two Americas, indeed.

Posted by: mike on March 19, 2004 07:24 PM

Uh, Charles...that would be the Dutch.

Posted by: Jame on March 22, 2004 03:38 AM

Jame-- I wrote that Britain 'the perfect mean' --i.e. where the mean would be if the world were perfect. Don't get your normative confused with positive, otherwise you will be accused of being an economist.

Posted by: charles on March 22, 2004 12:51 PM

I'll take that as a compliment. You're a sweetie.

Posted by: Jame on March 23, 2004 02:19 AM