Increased drinking by women will fuel a 14% rise in US beverage sales at restaurants and bars over the next five years.

Consumption by females will increase by 27% by 2009, according to a recent Datamonitor study, owing to the growing number of women who feel comfortable drinking alcohol outside their homes, and changes in women's earning power, relationships, and status.

Overall, Americans will consume significantly more non-alcoholic beverages with soda likely to account for 37% of on-premise drink sales in 2008, compared with about 30% today.

US consumers will also buy more premium beverages, and do more weekday drinking: the typical American will buy 44 drinks between Monday and Friday in 2008, compared to the
current 36. The shift in consumption times reflects a desire to extend the weekend feel but avoid weekend crowds.