Whiskey priced at $7.42 in 1979 $19.21 in 2022

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Prices for Whiskey, 1979-2022 ($7.42)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for whiskey at home are 158.85% higher in 2022 versus 1979 (a $11.79 difference in value).

The current national average price is $7.42 for "Bourbon whiskey, 375 ml-1.75 liter (cost per 25.4 ounces/750 ml)". This data is collected by a national survey and can vary from region to region.

Between 1979 and 2022: Whiskey experienced an average inflation rate of 2.24% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, whiskey costing $7.42 in the year 1979 would cost $19.21 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.29% during this same period, inflation for whiskey was lower.

In the year 1979: Pricing changed by 4.11%, which is above the average yearly change for whiskey during the 1979-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1979 (11.26%), inflation for whiskey was much lower.

Price Inflation for Whiskey at home since 1952

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1991 (10.16%), 1986 (7.13%), and 1980 (6.27%).

Price history

The average price for Whiskey is calculated from a weighted average of retailer data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Inflation rate is also calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The table below shows average prices and their corresponding "real" prices adjusted for inflation rate. To understand how price levels differ from inflation rates, see this article published by the BLS.

Average prices for Bourbon whiskey, 375 ml-1.75 liter (cost per 25.4 ounces/750 ml):

YearAverage price (Whiskey)Inflation adjusted price (2022 dollars)
1986$7.40$7.32
1985$7.22$7.22

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Buying power of $7.42 since 1979

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Whiskey, over time, for $7.42 beginning in 1979. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1979$7.424.11%
1980$7.896.27%
1981$8.335.67%
1982$8.663.88%
1983$8.852.27%
1984$8.961.19%
1985$9.263.33%
1986$9.927.13%
1987$10.031.12%
1988$10.141.12%
1989$10.453.10%
1990$11.015.28%
1991$12.1210.16%
1992$12.291.40%
1993$12.521.79%
1994$12.620.84%
1995$12.791.34%
1996$12.991.58%
1997$13.302.38%
1998$13.420.93%
1999$13.722.22%
2000$14.042.34%
2001$14.463.00%
2002$14.782.19%
2003$15.082.04%
2004$15.351.76%
2005$15.581.48%
2006$15.942.34%
2007$16.292.16%
2008$16.591.86%
2009$17.213.75%
2010$17.280.42%
2011$17.350.39%
2012$17.561.20%
2013$17.871.78%
2014$18.221.95%
2015$18.280.34%
2016$18.320.23%
2017$18.28-0.24%
2018$17.95-1.78%
2019$18.271.78%
2020$18.450.95%
2021$18.822.04%
2022$19.212.04%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Whiskey at home:

Year19521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI57.90058.04058.28058.64059.18061.40061.34062.30063.10063.48063.70064.46064.66764.93365.32066.12067.00067.72369.36270.26271.74672.11573.22375.36976.58577.60880.78584.10889.38594.45498.115100.346101.538104.915112.400113.654114.931118.492124.754137.431139.362141.862143.054144.969147.262150.762152.162155.538159.185163.962167.554170.969173.985176.562180.700184.606188.032195.077195.893196.657199.015202.563206.510207.209207.684207.185203.498207.124209.085213.358217.715

Adjust whiskey prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1979 * 1979 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Whiskey at home was 84.108 in the year 1979 and 217.715 in 2022:

217.715 / 84.108 * $7.42 = $19.21

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $7.42 in 1979 has the same "purchasing power" as $19.21 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Whiskey at home).


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

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