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If you’re someone who closely monitors your money, spending and accounts to remain vigilant against consumer fraud, our Chicago lawyers are aware of one common social situation that you may want to avoid: Drinking and spending.

First, consider that the simple act of going out for drinks will cost you money. One study found that Americans spend a total of $90 billion each year on alcoholic beverages, with an average American annually consuming roughly:

  • 25 gallons of beer
  • 2 gallons of wine, and
  • 5 gallons of liquor

When it comes to your money, drinking leaves you open to anything from poorly-considered purchases to debit card fraud. Looser pockets while imbibing is the reason you almost never go to a gallery function or in-store event that doesn’t at-least serve wine.

Here are five other ways that drinkers lose track of cash:

  • They tip too much.
  • They buy overpriced, convenient food.
  • They go on online shopping
  • They are easily convinced to buy things they don’t need.
  • They are more willing to bypass their budget for “fun” excursions to casinos, adult nightspots and the like.

As if you need another reason to leave your bank card at home when you’re out for a night of drinking: Bars and nightspots are often targeted for debit and credit card fraud.

If you were in a social situation and became victim to consumer fraud, the Chicago-based lawyers at Markoff Leinberger can help explain your rights and legal recourse: 1 (888) 517-9115.