Cocktails & Spirits

Wine and Beer Are Equally As Popular: A Report

Though I would have thought beer was kicking wine's ass, a Gallup Poll of American adults taken last year concludes that the numbers of people who typically choose beer has declined nationwide, while those who choose wine has slightly increased. Hard liquor seeds third, though more people are drinking it than ever before.

When participants were asked "What do you drink most often?" in 2002,

more people said beer than any other year, at 46%. Wine drinkers logged

in at 31% that year, while liquor drinkers slated at 18%. The year 2005

was the high for wine, at 39%. This past year year, 36% of responders reach for a

beer, 35% pour a glass of wine, and 23% drink cocktails or some other

variation of hard liquor.

Guys 35 to 54 drink the most beer, at 51% while men 18 to 34 report

their drink of choice as beer at 39% or liquor, at 30%. More people reach

for beer in the midwest than any other region, at 46%. In the east,

wine and beer falls about even, with 37% of responders who

reach for a beer and 40% who drink wine most often. The west and south

like their liquor, at 29% and 28% respectively.

Poor people drink more beer of course. For those making below 30K, 51%

drink beer most. Wine is the drink of choice for 43% of those who make

over 75K. And it makes little difference how much you earn if spirits are

your go-to. Whether you make over 75K or under 30K, 20% to 25% of

responders drink liquor most often.

Check out the infographic here. Have a beef with these results? Sound off in the comments.

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