Young Americans Don’t Like Beer as Much as They Used To

3 years ago

Yo, I think we’re taking the “exercise in a glass” headlines about wine too seriously, no?

Young Americans still prefer beer, but definitely not as much as they did 20 years ago. Gallup’s Consumption Habits poll conducted every year from 1992 to 2012 finds that 30 percent fewer 18- to 29-year-olds prefer beer, opting more and more for wine and liquor. Wine saw a 10 percent jump while liquor’s share increased 15 percent.

The 30- to 49-year-old age group shifted slightly toward liquor away from beer and wine, while the over-50 crowd ditched the liquor for wine.

Back in 1992, 47 percent of all Americans preferred beer over wine (21 percent) and liquor (21 percent). Today, however, beer and wine are neck and neck at 36 and 35 percent, respectively. Wine previously overtook beer in 2006, so I’m gonna guess that’s when those wine studies started being published.

Among other notable findings in the study: 29 percent of all Americans say drinking has been a cause of trouble in their family; 35 percent report having had a drink in the last 24 hours and another 29 percent in the past week; and beer drinkers tend to drink more often.

If all these stats are making you dizzier than after a few sips of your drink of choice, here are a few visuals that depict the data:

Preferred Drink, by Age, July 2013

RYOT NOTE: Studies continue to say conflicting things about the health benefits of wine, but choosing what to drink is more of a non-issue than choosing what to do after you drink. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) works to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this indefensible crime and prevent underage drinking. Learn more about safe drinking by clicking on the gray box alongside this story, consider getting involved and Become The News!

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