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Poll: Number of Americans Who Drink Alcohol Falls to 60%

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The number of Americans who tip a few seems to be steadily falling with imbibers down another five percent since 2019, according to a poll.

According to a Gallup poll, the percentage of Americans who drink alcohol is down to 60 percent. It was 65 percent just a few years ago.

Gallup added that at the highpoint in 1978, 71 percent of Americans drank alcohol.

According to the poll:

  • 39% of those drinking said they consume beer.
  • 31% drink wine.
  • 27% said they drink liquor.
  • 63% of men said they drink alcoholic beverages, compared to 57% of women.
  • 60% of those between 18-34 said they drink alcoholic beverages.
  • 70% of those between 35-54 said they consume alcohol.
  • 52% of those over 55 said they have alcoholic beverages.
  • 3.6% is the average weekly number of drinks consumed – down from 4 in 2019.
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“Some groups of Americans are more likely than others to report using alcohol, including men, whose 63% rate of drinking exceeds the 57% among women,” the poll reported. “Likewise, U.S. adults aged 35 to 54 are more likely to drink than their older and younger counterparts, and more college graduates say they drink alcoholic beverages than do those without a college degree. Still, majorities in each of these groups say they drink alcohol.”

It appears that beer is still the most popular drink for Americans, as well.

“Drinkers in the U.S. remain most likely to consume beer (39%) rather than wine (31%) or liquor (27%),” the poll said.

The poll was conducted from July 6-21 and surveyed 1,007 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 points.

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Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.