The annual Consumption Habits survey studies 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.