Drinking at home
Other than the natural gas costs coming down, the smallest price increase was in "Alcoholic Beverages" with an increase of 0.5 percent over the year. So in real terms, big drop in alcohol prices. What is up with that? It all adds up to one thing: the cheapest thing to do is to not travel and just drink at home. But why? I dunno. Maybe the cheaper natural gas is making it that much less expensive to boil the potato mash?
and when the subject of drinking and journalism comes up an obligatory mention of the region's only dedicated spirit beat reporter. Just a coincidence, but Yinzpiration (sic) interviews the man: Interview #51: Bill Toland
Anyway, this is the overall inflation trend for the region: