Alcohol away from home priced at $20 in 1979 $96.24 in 2021

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Prices for Alcohol Away From Home, 1979-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for alcoholic beverages away from home were 381.20% higher in 2021 versus 1979 (a $76.24 difference in value).

Between 1979 and 2021: Alcohol away from home experienced an average inflation rate of 3.81% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, alcohol away from home costing $20 in the year 1979 would cost $96.24 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.17% during this same period, inflation for alcohol away from home was higher.

In the year 1979: Pricing changed by 8.38%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for alcohol away from home during the 1979-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1979 (11.26%), inflation for alcohol away from home was lower.

Price Inflation for Alcoholic beverages away from home since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1981 (8.75%), 1991 (8.65%), and 1979 (8.38%).

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

Year 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 2018 2019 2020 2021
CPI 67.700 71.254 77.223 82.862 90.115 95.146 99.762 105.108 111.138 118.462 123.377 130.585 137.400 144.431 156.923 162.462 167.415 171.569 176.492 182.700 189.408 195.038 200.954 207.085 215.169 222.508 228.631 236.585 244.515 254.638 265.969 277.394 285.550 291.892 300.886 310.539 317.910 323.813 330.513 336.583 343.459 350.931 355.164 363.080 371.597

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Buying power of $20 since 1979

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Alcohol away from home, over time, for $20 beginning in 1979. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1979 $20.00 8.38%
1980 $21.46 7.30%
1981 $23.34 8.75%
1982 $24.64 5.58%
1983 $25.84 4.85%
1984 $27.22 5.36%
1985 $28.78 5.74%
1986 $30.68 6.59%
1987 $31.95 4.15%
1988 $33.82 5.84%
1989 $35.59 5.22%
1990 $37.41 5.12%
1991 $40.64 8.65%
1992 $42.08 3.53%
1993 $43.36 3.05%
1994 $44.43 2.48%
1995 $45.71 2.87%
1996 $47.32 3.52%
1997 $49.05 3.67%
1998 $50.51 2.97%
1999 $52.05 3.03%
2000 $53.63 3.05%
2001 $55.73 3.90%
2002 $57.63 3.41%
2003 $59.21 2.75%
2004 $61.27 3.48%
2005 $63.33 3.35%
2006 $65.95 4.14%
2007 $68.88 4.45%
2008 $71.84 4.30%
2009 $73.95 2.94%
2010 $75.60 2.22%
2011 $77.93 3.08%
2012 $80.43 3.21%
2013 $82.34 2.37%
2014 $83.86 1.86%
2015 $85.60 2.07%
2016 $87.17 1.84%
2017 $88.95 2.04%
2018 $90.89 2.18%
2019 $91.98 1.21%
2020 $94.03 2.23%
2021 $96.24 2.35%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for alcohol away from home, 1979-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1979 * 1979 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Alcoholic beverages away from home was 77.223 in the year 1979 and 371.597 in 2021:

371.597 / 77.223 * $20 = $96.24

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1979 has the same "purchasing power" as $96.24 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Alcoholic beverages away from home).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Alcoholic beverages away from home in 1977. In addition to alcohol away from home, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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