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Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverages Merchant Wholesalers

2010-11 (Combined average): 3.22%
Best year: 2007 (6.62%)
Worst year: 2010-11 (3.22%)

A Friday night of bar-hopping can easily cost $50 to $100, depending on where it takes place. This type of expenditure may have become harder to justify during a recession, but that doesn’t mean that anyone actually will cut their drinking habits.

“This industry didn’t see much impact during the recession at all,” Bierman said. “It may have been that, even during the recession, consumers continued to purchase alcohol at roughly the same rate as before.”

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