Grown-up Drinking Trends, Bike Community and More May Tidbits

Get details on American drinking trends, local one-stop flower shops, biking stats and other fun May facts.

It’s no secret that Americans partake in the occasional adult beverages, but just how much are we drinking?

Get the facts about local drinking trends – plus details on where to find flowers for National Wildflower Week and the scoop on Mother’s Day celebrations for dog-moms in the May 2019 installment of What Counts.

7.9 billion

That’s the number of gallons of alcohol Americans enjoyed in 2018. If you’re a #beerdad, #winemom, or #vodkaaunt, you can contribute to the 2019 stats by drinking a pint during American Craft Beer Week May 13-19. Or check out the city’s first winery in 60 years, Detroit Vineyards, which opens May 3.


This many acres of space at Eastern Market in Detroit will be covered in flowers on May 19 for Flower Day. Stop in for a belated celebration of National Wildflower Week, which runs May 6-12.


The spot where Michigan ranks among the states for bicycle commuters. Get your coworkers to participate in National Bike to Work Week May 13-19. Or, if possible, have the kids pedal to class on National Bike to School Day on May 8.

More than 80 schools in Michigan have registered bike events; see if your child’s school is among them at


This swath of U.S. households has a dog. People are pretty particular about their pets, and some even decide who to date based on if they’re a dog or cat person with the help of apps like Dig – the “dog person’s dating app.”

This year, Dig is promoting the idea that dog moms deserve a Mother’s Day too. So, on May 11, celebrate your favorite dog mom, too, for National Dog Mom’s Day.

1.4 million

When you read your kids five books a day before kindergarten, they hear this many more words by the time they start school than their peers who were never read to.

That’s according to a study by Ohio State University published last month – and it could explain differences in vocab and reading abilities. Whatever your kid’s age, be sure to keep up on read-aloud time year-round.


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