Can You Guess How Much That After-Work Beer is Really Costing You?

A new study compares how long it takes to earn a drink--at minimum wage--in countries around the world. So how are we doing, USA?

It's safe to say that grabbing a drink at the end of a long work week is a routine we have a more than passing familiarity with.

In fact, many weeks we don't even make it to Friday. 

But we've never done the precise math on how much that drink is costing us (in blood, sweat and toil, that is).

A new analysis by Quartz looks at the number of minimum wage hours that workers have to put in to earn enough for a drink in their respective countries--and the numbers are surprising.

The worst beer-to-labor ratio is in Georgia (the country, not the state), where workers have to complete more than 15 hours of work to save enough for a brewski. Bangledesh finishes second to last with the only other above-12-hour stat, at 13.4 hours. 

On the other end of the spectrum, Puerto Rico's workers need only put in about 12 minutes of time in order to earn their first drink, whereas U.S. workers need about twice as long, at 24 minutes per beer. The American ratio matches up closely with that of Spain, Portugal, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Germany and Belgium. 

Our neighbors in London need an additional 6 minutes to buy a pint, while workers in Mexico need a little more than 2 hours to buy a domestic. 

What exactly you should do with this information is beyond us, but we can all take solace in the fact that it doesn't take us 12 hours of work to earn a drink. If it did, we're guessing happy hour would have died out long ago. 

 

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