Aug 2nd 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.
67 percent of American adults drink, the highest recorded rate since 1985.
Since 1939, Gallup has surveyed Americans on their drinking habits
. Whereas the results have been fairly stable, the percentage of American adults who drink was as low as 56 percent in 1990 and as high as 71 percent in 1978. In 2010, 41 percent of Americans listed beer as their alcoholic beverage of choice, whereas 32 percent pointed to wine, with 21 percent citing liquor.
Other interesting findings from the 2010 survey: The higher a person's income, the more likely they are to drink. Perhaps less surprisingly, the more a person attends church, the less likely they are to drink.
As of last year, the U.S. only ranked 43rd in terms
of booziest countries in the world. Hopefully this uptick in alcohol consumption will edge us closer to the number one spot, since it's frankly American to want to be the best at everything.