Nearly three in ten (29%) of Americans drink alcohol at least once a week, according to a survey by Harris Interactive.

The Harris Poll of 2,401 US adults, released yesterday (13 May), found that 6% drink daily and one in five Americans (20%) drink at least once a month.

Around 12% say they drink several times a year, 6% drink at least once a year and 8% drink alcohol less often than once a year. One-quarter (25%) of US adults say they never drink alcohol.

"Cocktails after work, having a few brews while watching a baseball game, or a nice wine with dinner are just some of the traditions Americans have when it comes to alcohol," the company said. "Two-thirds of Americans drink at least once a year and one may wonder if the number is any different in how frequently people are drinking due to economic pressures."

Harris found that men are more likely to drink alcohol at least once a week than women are (40% versus 19%). However, women are more likely to say they never drink alcohol (29% vs. 22%).

In terms of geography, Easterners are much more likely to drink foreign wine (42%), cordials (23%) and Scotch whisky (20%). Westerners, however, are much more likely to drink Tequila (32%) and Champagne (27%).