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America's favorite adult beverage, according to Gallup poll

By a great margin, Americans prefer beer over wine and alcohol
By a great margin, Americans prefer beer over wine and alcohol

In 2014, America’s favorite beverage is beer. The trends are more interesting than the assumed results of the poll because – after all, beer has been the most favorite beverage of Americans for the past two decades. The Gallup poll results released on Thursday show that those who drink alcohol choose beer over wine and liquor as the type of alcoholic beverage of which they prefer to partake. Forty-one percent of United States drinkers report that they typically drink beer. Wine comes in second at 31 percent and liquor comes in at 23 percent.

Typical of Gallup, the data is broken down much more than simply the percentages of beer drinkers, wine drinkers, and alcoholic beverage drinkers. Specifically, those surveyed were asked: Do you most often drink liquor, wine, or beer? The 41 percent preference for drinking beer is reportedly among the highest the Gallup survey has recorded since beer fell in 2005 to a popularity reading of just 36 percent. Yet, the 41 percent result is a far cry from beer’s heyday. In the 1990s, beer scored close to 50 percent.

The results, according to Yahoo! News, show that wine consumption among women continues to grow. Wine is the female’s top choice as 46 percent of women prefer wine over beer or alcohol. Among men, beer is the big favorite at 57 percent. For men, only 20 percent prefer liquor and an even smaller percent – 17 percent – say they prefer wine.

As for older adults aged 55 and older, 38 percent of them drink wine most often. Thirty-two percent most often drink beer. By contrast, younger people aged 18-to-34 prefer beer with 48 percent choosing that drink. Middle aged people aged 35-to-54 have a 43 percent preference for beer. Bottoms up.

The percentage of United States adults who way they occasionally use alcoholic beverages is 64 percent. Thirty-six percent say they totally abstain from drinking the devil’s water. This trend of drinkers vs. non-drinkers has is nearly the same as the first Gallup drinking survey in 1939. Through the years, however, there has been a change. In 1958, only 55 percent of people said they imbibe. In the mid-to-late 1970s, the percentage rose to 71 percent.