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Beer has continued to widen the gap on wine as the US alcoholic beverage of choice, new figures show.

Beer remains the top alcoholic choice for US drinkers

Beer remains the top alcoholic choice for US drinkers

The 43% of US adult drinkers who say they drink beer most often is the highest since 2002, according to a Gallup poll released this month. Wine had moved to equal pegging after 2005, but in the past three years has dropped back.

For wine, 32% identified it as their alcoholic beverage of choice, with 20% choosing spirits.

Meanwhile, based on combined data from 2010 through 2016, men far outstripped woman as the main beer drinkers, with 54% of males saying it is their preferred alcohol compared to 24% for women.

These gender differences largely echo men's and women's alcoholic beverage preferences from the previous decade, Gallup said.

The number of Americans who said they drink increased this year to 65%, below the high of 71% set in the late 70s. The low was in 1958, when only 55% said they drink alcohol.

The most recent results come from Gallup's 2016 Consumption Habits survey, conducted 13-17 July with a random sample of 1,023 adults.

The rise in beer's popularity in the US could be down to increasing access to craft beer. Last December, craft beer trade group the Brewers Association said the number of breweries in the US had sailed past the previous record of 4,131 set in 1873. However, high growth in the sector has started to slow.


Sectors: Beer & cider

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