Much to the annoyance of the Irish American community, St. Patrick’s Day often gets pegged as an occasion about little more than going to great, boozy excess.
However, according to a recent Nielsen survey, St. Patrick’s Day is far down the list on the most beer-soaked days on the American calendar.
Yesterday, Cinco de Mayo, which marks the day Mexico defeated the French army in the Battle of Puebla in 1862, ranks ahead of St. Patrick’s Day in beer consumption.
Indeed, it seems that many other holidays are being equally, if not more so, appropriated as drinking days.
Topping the list are Labor Day, the Fourth of July, and Father’s Day. Cinco de Mayo ranks fifth, St. Patrick’s Day tenth, and Super Bowl Sunday eleventh.