Beer remains the preferred choice of alcohol in the U.S., a new Gallup poll says. Forty-one percent of U.S. drinkers usually opt for a beer, while 31 percent choose wine and 23 percent pick liquor.
The poll shows that beer is rebounding in popularity from its low point in 2005, when only 36 percent favored a brew. Back then, wine overtook beer. Gallup notes that the popularity of beer still is nowhere near as high as it was in the 1990s, when nearly half of Americans preferred it.
Gallup offered no theory on why beer is rebounding in its survey.
It should come as no surprise but men were mostly likely to choose beer (57 percent), while most women opted for wine (46 percent) as their favorite alcoholic beverage.
The poll also showed that 64 percent of U.S. adults drink alcohol. The remainder reported that they totally abstain.
Other interesting facts:
• 67 percent of respondents reported that they had at least one drink within the past week. Twenty-seven percent had a drink within the last 24 hours.
• Drinking spikes on the weekends.
• Americans consume about four drinks a week.
To read the full report and view more graphics, click here.