View Full Version : MPG in the US

11-26-2007, 07:58 AM
In a Neil Steinberg column:

A recent study found that the average American walks about 900 miles per

Another study found Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of beer a

This means Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon.

Kind of makes you proud to be an American.

11-26-2007, 08:19 AM
A response to that from my BIL:

In 2003 average per capita beer consumption in the UK was 101
litres/year, in the US 81 litres/year - none of your old-fashioned
gal-lons here please (even though we buy the stuff in pints)
You slightly beat us on the spirits consumption with an average of 1.9
litres/year to our 1.8 (although apparently this is based on pure
alcohol not liquid volume which I find quite disturbing - isn't that
about a teaspoon of 100% alcohol per day for every man, woman and child?)

We totally whup your a$$es on the wine front though with 20 litres/year
compared to your frankly 'could-do-better' 9.5 litres/year
Mind you, I did read somewhere that 40% of American adults don't drink
alcohol at all. So, although we're led to believe by our media that
binge drinking is a national past-time in the UK, you guys over there
are really making up for your tea-total friends.

As for the walking, that amazing mine of useful information
www.statistics.gov.uk (http://www.woodenboatvb.com/vbulletin/upload/www.statistics.gov.uk) tells us that the average distance walked per year
by all ages in the UK (in yet another bit of our inexplicable love of
using different systems of measurement in the same sentence) shows that
"we walk 305 kilometres/year - counting all walks over 50 yards". So,
either you do far more walking than us, or alternatively you classify
getting off the couch to turn on the TV or to go the kitchen/bathrooom
as as 'a walk'

By my reckoning that makes the UK figures: 26.6 US gallons of beer per
person per year and 190 miles of walking per person per year. This makes
a very poor 7 miles per gallon (maybe it's because our beer is stronger
and we stagger more, the stats don't mention if it's straight line
distance or not)

As for the gas production, our family are not very well at the moment. I
wouldn't want to extrapolate national averages from our current
household production rates. :eek:

11-26-2007, 08:23 AM
:D that's funny!

11-26-2007, 08:44 AM

You probably should have posted that in Lefty's Pub...