Last week some interesting statistics were released about the drinking of alcoholic beverages in the USA.
About 30% of Americans do not drink alcoholic drinks at all. However, 10% of Americans drink more than 50% of all the alcoholic drinks that are purchased. This means there are some Americans who drink over 10 cans of beer a day or at least 2 bottles of wine each day.
So, basically, this means that the 10% of Americans who have a severe problem with alcohol are funding the alcohol industry. If the alcohol industry lost these 10%, many companies would go bankrupt.
Here is an interesting article about this:
Vocabulary to help you understand the article:
a demon - a devil, an evil spirit, something like Satan. By calling alcohol a demon drink, this article is saying alcoholic beverages can be evil.
to thrive - to be successful, to prosper
off the backs of addicts - the alcoholism industry makes most of its money from people who are addicted to alcoholic drinks
the take-away - the results, the conclusions
a segment - a part of a TV show
consumption - buying and using something
paying the tab - paying the bill (the title implies that there are consequences to alcohol consumption in the USA)
belatedly - after a long time
to make the rounds - to become known to more and more people
to be dependent on - to really need someone or something
disproportionate - not in an appropriate proportion; bigger numbers than one might expect
to be induced - to be caused
to curb their consumption - to limit their consumption
grave - serious
outstripping - outpacing, being more aggressive than something else, doing better than somoen or something else
a mainstay - a regular feature or aspect
Prohibition - a period of time in America when it was illegal to buy alcoholic beverages
fiscally - economically
to put a dent into - to make an impact on, to cause a real change to...so the author is saying that if there were higher taxes on alcoholic drinks, more people would stop drinking as much (a dent - if someone hits your car with his car, you will have a dent in your car)
pivoting off - coming from
advocated - called for, encouraged
ameliorate - to make something better. If we want to eliminate poverty, we try to ameliorate the problem.
to partake of - to use something
enhancer - to make something better or bigger