Moving On: A Very Rough Estimate of How Much Money I’ve Spent on Drinking Over the Past 20 Years

What follows is a comprehensive breakdown of alcohol-related expenses I incurred between the years of 1992-2012. Numbers were compiled using a combination of bank statements, credit card statements, check receipts, invoices, bar bills, municipal fines, court documents, legal receipts and cocktail napkins. Obviously, it’s next to impossible to hit a 20-year figure like this on the nose. But rest assured, no totals were included that could not be substantiated by some type of tangible proof. On the rare occasion close estimates did become necessary, the policy was to always err on the side of caution, thereby avoiding any irresponsible inflation. Accuracy was – and is – the constant goal. ¬†

2012

Associated legal fees: $1,005

2011

Bars/Alcohol/Nights Out Drinking: $2,792.26

Associated costs (Taxis, fees, house beer, etc.): $790.96

Associated legal fees/police fines: $2,600

2011 Total: $6,183.22

2010

Bars/Alcohol/Nights Out Drinking: $2,436.10

Associated costs (Taxis, fees, house beer, etc.): $357

Associated legal fees/police fines: $25

2010 Total: $2,818.10

2009

Bars/Alcohol/Nights Out Drinking: $4,620.74

Associated costs (Taxis, fees, house beer, etc.): $332.49

2009 Total: $4,953.23

2008

Bars/Alcohol/Nights Out Drinking: $3,270.55

Associated costs (Taxis, fees, house beer, etc.): $186.30

2008 Total: $3,456.85

2007

Bars/Alcohol/Nights Out Drinking: $6,622.57

Associated costs (Taxis, fees, house beer, etc.): $614.00

2007 Total: $7,236.57

2006

Bars/Alcohol/Nights Out Drinking: $7,851.85

Associated costs (Taxis, fees, house beer, etc.): $246.00

2006 Total: $8,097.85

2005

Bars/Alcohol/Nights Out Drinking: $5,125.00

Associated costs (Taxis, fees, house beer, etc.): $634.00

Associated legal fees/police fines: $100

2005 Total: $5,859.00

2000-2004

Bars/Alcohol/Nights Out Drinking: $14,726.50

Associated costs (Taxis, fees, house beer, etc.): $916.25

2000-2004 Total: $15,642.75

1995-1999

Bars/Alcohol/Nights Out Drinking: $17,247.75

Associated costs (Taxis, fees, house beer, etc.): $1,460.00

Associated legal fees/police fines: $360

1999-1995 Total: $19,067.75

1992-1994

Bars/Alcohol/Nights Out Drinking: $1,350.00

Associated costs (Taxis, fees, house beer, etc.): $2,610.00

Associated legal fees/police fines: $400

1992-1994 Total: $4,360

GRAND TOTAL (1992-2012): $78,681.87

Day 162

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