I am what some people call cheap. I prefer frugal…but whether it’s cheap or frugal, I had a cost issue that I wanted to solve once and for all.
Many people want to know what is the cheapest they can get drunk. So I set out to find out…What is the cheapest alcohol for your money? How can you get drunk for the least money?
There are many theories in play here. People were always saying, “olde english is the cheapest booze you can buy” or “the cheapest vodka is your best bang for the buck” but I didn’t believe any of these people and decided to do some hard math and find out the answer for certain.
First and foremost, I needed a list of every alcoholic beverage, price, and alcohol content to get an accurate price to alcohol ratio. With a little web knowledge, this was fortunately easier than I thought. I did a simple rewrite the URL for the BC liquor store website product page and voila!, all of the products, alcohol contents, and prices in one pretty list. All I had to do was a little formatting and math in an excel doc and I had the answer to the age old question…What is the absolute cheapest alcohol you can get drunk on in BC?
The answer turns out to be…Andres Medium Dry, 22% alcohol, 2 liter bottle of Sherry for the great price of $15.99.
Yes, this picture means that I have bought a bottle of this…and to answer your questions…no, it doesn’t taste good. No, you won’t feel good about buying this. No, there is nothing even remotely classy about this. Yes, you will be made fun of if you drink Sherry in public. But, also…yes, it will do the trick. And most importantly to this blog post, yes, this is the cheapest alcohol in BC.
With that said…Although this does not taste good by any stretch of the imagination, it is also not immediately “vomit inducing” as straight vodka is …so that has got to count for something right?? Also, at the end of the day, it is also equivalent to more than a 40 of any other hard liquor for at least $4 less than the price of any other 26.
PS. – In case you wanted more info on the costs of drinking in this great province, here is a Google doc of every product available to British Columbians (*legally) via the BC Liquor Store sorted from cheapest to most expensive. Cheapest Alcohol in BC.
*Note: This spreadsheet does not take into account the deposit fees. This sheet assumes that you are a responsible adult that recycles and receives the deposit back rather than littering or throwing out the bottles.