Bottoms Up: Ohio Sells Record Dollar Amount of Hard Liquor

UNDATED (AP) - Ohio sold a record dollar amount of hard liquor this year due to greater consumption, higher prices and a strong demand for pricier scotch, vodka and other spirits.

Statewide, sales of spirits higher than 21 percent alcohol, or 42 proof, rose five-point-three percent to $672-point-seven million, while volume sales rose by two-point-five percent to 10-point-two million gallons.

David Ozgo, chief economist for the Distilled Spirits Council, says Ohio mirrors the national trend of generally increased volume and dollar sales of hard liquor.

Ozgo says many buyers are moving up to more expensive liquor such as cognac and that the increase seems to be occurring among all age groups in the legal drinking age.