Poll says drinking frequency on the rise

August 2, 2006

The number of people in the United States who drink alcohol is holding steady but a Gallup Poll says the frequency of alcohol consumption is rising.

The poll also found that beer has returned to the top spot as the beverage of choice, reports WebMD, after being tied with wine last year as the drink of choice.

The poll said alcohol users are imbibing more frequently and drinking more drinks each week compared with a decade ago.

The poll of 1,007 respondents 18 years and older done July 6-9, found 64 percent drink alcoholic beverages. The percentage has changed little from the average of 63 percent since 1939.

But the latest survey showed the frequency of drinking has risen in the past 10 years. The poll also showed those who drink alcohol report drinking an average of 4.5 drinks per week, compared with 2.8 drinks in 1996.

Researchers think the increase may be partly due to studies suggesting that drinking in moderation, especially wine, may promote better health.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Science literacy isn't as bad as the statistics make it look

Related Stories

Harvested rainwater harbors pathogens

February 26, 2014

South Africa has been financing domestic rainwater harvesting tanks in informal low-income settlements and rural areas in five of that nation's nine provinces. But pathogens inhabit such harvested rainwater, potentially posing ...

Wall-Ye wine robot takes bow in Burgundy

September 25, 2012

A new vineyard worker is looking for a job in France. White with red trim, 50 centimetres (20 inches) tall and 60 wide, he has four wheels, two arms and six cameras, prunes 600 vines per day, and never calls in sick.

Recommended for you

Interstellar seeds could create oases of life

August 27, 2015

We only have one example of a planet with life: Earth. But within the next generation, it should become possible to detect signs of life on planets orbiting distant stars. If we find alien life, new questions will arise. ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.