Alcohol priced at $10 in 2000 $14.04 in 2017

Historical Price Inflation for Alcohol

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Prices for Alcohol, 2000-2017 ($10)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for alcoholic beverages were 40.45% higher in 2017 versus 2000.

Between 2000 and 2017: Alcohol experienced an average inflation rate of 2.02% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, alcohol costing $10 in the year 2000 would cost $14.04 in 2017 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.10% during this same period, inflation for alcohol was lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by 2.91%, above the average yearly change for alcohol during the 2000-2017 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), price inflation for alcohol was lower.

Price Inflation for Alcoholic beverages since 1952

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1991 (10.47%), 1980 (8.10%), and 1979 (7.86%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Alcoholic beverages:

Year 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
CPI 39.400 39.720 40.540 40.440 41.020 42.080 42.000 42.460 43.100 43.240 43.400 43.860 44.200 44.700 45.440 46.377 48.023 49.700 52.062 54.177 55.423 56.800 61.131 65.877 68.069 69.969 74.077 79.900 86.369 92.508 96.662 100.377 102.962 106.385 111.131 114.085 118.554 123.477 129.254 142.785 147.262 149.631 151.492 153.900 158.515 162.815 165.731 169.708 174.654 179.285 183.600 187.177 192.131 195.923 200.715 207.026 214.484 220.751 223.291 226.685 230.800 234.623 237.305 239.530 242.526 245.295

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How to calculate the inflation rate for alcohol, 2000-2017

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 2000 * 2000 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Alcoholic beverages was 174.654 in the year 2000 and 245.295 in 2017:

245.295 / 174.654 * $10 = $14.04

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $10 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $14.04 in 2017 (in the category of Alcoholic beverages).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Alcoholic beverages in 1952. In addition to alcohol, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of other goods and services.

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