How much are you really spending on drinks?

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HOUSTON - Even though having a few drinks after work may seem like a temporary stress reliever, it turns out your pockets are really feeling the pressure.

Statistics show in 2012, the U.S. bar, tavern, and nightclub industry made more than $23.4 billion in revenue and that number is expected to jump to $24.35 billion this year. That's not even counting the alcohol purchased from liquor stores.

For those of you who go out to the bar a few times a week, more than likely you're gonna get hungry. That usually means ordering some pricey food from the bar to go along with that drink.

If you have two drinks and a bite to eat, plus tip, that will cost you about $50 bucks for the night.

Good news though, if you're looking to cut down on your habit (the spending at least),  there are a few things you can do.

An obvious solution is Happy Hour. Also, only take cash with you because it's harder to keep track of your spending when you use a credit card.