just The Facts - US drinking trends
The annual Consumption Habits survey studies US drinking trends
US drinking trends came under the spotlight last week after pollsters Gallup released a report on the issue.
Here, just-drinks looks at some of the findings of the Consumption Habits survey.
- The poll showed that habits held steady in the past year, with 66% of Americans saying they consume alcohol.
- The number of drinks consumed also remained steady, at about four a week.
- Beer was the country's drink of choice, extending its lead over wine, which remained flat. Spirits dropped back one percentage point to 22%
- The survey also found that 22% of drinkers admit to sometimes drinking too much, compared to 17% the year before. However, the past year's figure is broadly in line with results since 2001. Prior to 2001, the proportion tended to be higher.
- Drinking habits vary greatly between gender, race and age, the study found. Men drink more than women and men who drink, consume on average 6.2 drinks a week compared to 2.2 for women.
- About 30% of male drinkers admit to drinking more than they should compared to 14% for women.
- Whites drink more than non-whites - 4.5% on average in the past week compared to 3.3% for non-whites.
- Younger men (aged 18 to 49) are the heaviest drinkers. Some 36% of younger men admit drinking too much on occasion compared to 18% of older men (over 50), 20% of younger women and 8% of older women.
- Men tend to prefer beer (55%) while women lean towards wine (52%).
- Beer is the drink of choice for 18- to 34-year-olds and 35- to 54-year-olds. Adults aged 55 and older prefer wine.
The survey interviewed about 1,000 people and was conducted from 9 to 12 July.
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