Tuesday, July 1, 2014

BC Now Ranked 9th Highest for Domestic Beer Prices in the World! (if we were a country)

Recently BC introduced new minimum beer prices that force licensees to sell beer for on-site (in bar or
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restaurant) consumption for $0.25 per 28 ml (one ounce) which are the highest beer prices in Canada.

And if that was not bad enough news for BC beer consumers, according to the website numbeo.com, we are now also the ranked 9th highest IN THE WORLD for domestic beer prices!!

Using a 500 ml (18 oz pour) as the gage, BC, at $4.50, finds only Iran ($8.32), United Arab Emirates ($6.47), Papua New Guinea ($6.45), Singapore ($4.99), Australia ($4.85), Norway, $4.82, Afghanistan ($4.62) and Qatar ($4.56) with higher priced domestic beer.

According to this website, it is cheaper to get a beer in countries known for their liberal attitudes like Kuwait, Libya and Iraq.

Just for the record, the website ranks Canada at 20th, with an 18 oz pour averaging $2.86 well below BC's newly set minimum.

I am not sure how reliable these statistics are, as they are compiled by input from users of the website around the world. But since health care advocates are freely using vaguely referenced studies, unsupported statistics and statistics taken out of context, I am going to put these numbers out there for all to ponder and have a little fun with them.

The website  where I found these stats, via a post on financesonline.com and an post by David Adeleman, states, "Numbeo is the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide. Numbeo provides current and timely information on world living conditions including cost of living, housing indicators, health care, traffic, crime and pollution. Numbeo uses the wisdom of the crowd to obtain the most reliable information possible."

If these stats are remotely accurate, it does not paint a pretty picture for BC beer consumers. It is yet another reason we need to voice our opinions loud and clear to Premier Christy Clark, Justice Minister Suzanne Anton, et al.

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