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Favorite adult beverage

Posted by on Jul. 26, 2014 at 9:29 AM
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Americans' Favorite Adult Beverage Is ...
By By Kelly Dickerson, Staff WriterJuly 25, 2014 8:14 AM
Americans' Favorite Adult Beverage Is ...
Americans' Favorite Adult Beverage Is ...

Beer! More Americans say they prefer a pint over a glass of vino or a cocktail, according to a new Gallup poll.

This year, 41 percent of U.S. drinking adults said they typically choose beer; 31 percent choose wine, and 23 percent choose liquor. The results came from Gallup's Consumption Habits survey, and the data is based on telephone interviews with 1,013 randomly selected U.S. adults ages 18 or older.

This is the strongest showing for beer in the United States since the drink's popularity tumbled in 2005, though it still has a long way to go to climb back up to its heyday in the '90s when almost half of Americans said they preferred it, Gallup noted.

However, when the data is broken up by gender, wine is still the top choice for women (46 percent), while beer is the top choice for men (57 percent). Wine also tops beer for older adults, with 38 percent of people ages 55 and older reporting they usually choose wine, and 32 percent reporting they usually choose beer. The rest said they prefer a cocktail.

For a drink that's been around since about 10,000 B.. beer seems to have found traction among the younger generation of U.S. drinkers. Almost half (48 percent) of those between the ages of 18 and 34 who drink alcohol say they prefer a beer.

Meanwhile, beer has taken on new flavors in its modern incarnation. Microbreweries selling beers made with increasingly exotic ingredients like avocado and milk chocolate have sprouted up all over the country in recent years. The growth of craft beer culture is measurable: While 11.5 million barrels of local beer were brewed in 2011, that number jumped to 15 million barrels in 2013, and the sale of craft beer increased 20 percent in the past year, according to the Brewer's Association.

Thirty-six percent of U.S. adults identify themselves as complete abstainers from alcohol, but almost two-thirds of adult Americans say they "have occasion to use alcoholic beverages," the new Gallup poll showed. This is consistent with the national average of 63 percent since Gallup started keeping track of alcohol drinking in 1939. This year, over a quarter of Americans reported having an alcoholic drink in the past 24 hours, and 67 percent reported having one in the past week. The U.S. ranks fairly low among the countrie that drink the most. In fact, in Russia, beer was considered food, not alcohol, up until the beginning of 2013.

The poll results suggest that about four out of 10 Americans drink alcoholic beverages regularly, and on average, they consume about four drinks per week. Cheers.

Original article on Live Science.

What's your favorite?

by on Jul. 26, 2014 at 9:29 AM
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by on Jul. 26, 2014 at 10:06 AM
Gin and tonic although I don't drink them often
by on Jul. 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM

I'm Swiss German we like beer and like in the UK which again are beer drinkers. It is that part of europe
by on Jul. 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM
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 beer is nasty...BUT I'm not a big drinker at all

by on Jul. 26, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Barefoot wine, Spotted Cow beer, or bloody Mary with extra olives.
by on Jul. 26, 2014 at 11:56 AM
I like wine, margarita's, and flavored martini's.
by on Jul. 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Don't drink..maybe once a year I will drink some of dh's margarita.

by on Jul. 26, 2014 at 3:25 PM

 Occasionally when we're out to eat or at a party I'll have a glass of Moscado, or another sweet dessert wine or sangria, or even rarer, a Margarita or a pina colada.

by on Jul. 26, 2014 at 3:59 PM

I very rarely drink ... like maybe once or twice a year, if even that. But with that said, I think beer is disgusting ... I can't stand the smell of it either.

I prefer a cocktail/mixed drink or wine when I actually do drink.

by Member on Jul. 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM
My favourite alternates between whiskey and gin, depending on my mood.

I'm also a beer and wine drinker though.
by on Jul. 27, 2014 at 7:19 AM

I  don't like beer at all (except as an ingredient in cooking recipes like in glazes or cheese sauces etc.) Todd likes to taste new craft and flavored unique beers he never had before... he's tried many unique kinds and it's fun for him to try new ones.. he  doesn't like normal common beers for the most part at all. 

I don't like wine or champagne at all either. 

I do like a special treat of a dessert like cocktail once in a very rare while.. I love the gorilla one with chocolate and banana liquers and icecream in it from The Cheesecake Factory and I love mudslides and I love butterscotch  schnapps with vanilla icecream or at least half and half on ice. 

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