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U.S. Drinking Rate Edges Up Slightly to 15-Year High

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obama_beer11Editor’s Note – Apparently, not only is Obama the best gun salesman of our time, it seems he’s a friend of the spirits industry too!

Does this mean that Americans are drinking more to deal with the stress, or is the alcohol just a way of tuning out?

Record gun sales and increased alcohol consumption…not a healthy mix!


U.S. Drinking Rate Edges Up Slightly to 15-Year High


PRINCETON, NJ — Sixty-seven percent of U.S. adults drink alcohol, a slight increase over last year and the highest reading recorded since 1985 by one percentage point. Beer remains the favorite beverage among drinkers, followed by wine and then liquor.


Despite some yearly fluctuations, the percentage of Americans who say they drink alcohol has been remarkably stable over Gallup’s 71 years of tracking it. The high point for drinking came in 1976-1978, when 71% said they drank alcohol.

The low of 55% was recorded in 1958. When Gallup first asked Americans about drinking, in the waning days of the Great Depression in 1939, 58% of adults said they were drinkers.

A majority of Americans in most demographic subgroups of the population drink, though in some groups drinking is more prevalent than in others. One of the most significant predictors of alcohol consumption is church attendance. Those who seldom or never attend church are substantially more likely than more frequent church attenders to say they drink; and those who have no religious identity, Catholics, and non-Christians are more likely to drink than Protestants.

Tom Tillison


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