Who Are the Drinkers?
Interestingly, only one in four adults claims to have never gotten drunk, while on the other end of the spectrum, nearly two in three adults got drunk before they reached the legal drinking age. The average age both women and men had their first drink is 17.
Men consume two more drinks on average than women per week. Men are also more likely to drink alone with 70 percent consuming two or more drinks when drinking alone.
When Are We Drinking?
The most popular American drinking holidays are:
1. New Year's Eve
4. St. Patrick's Day
The Gender Differences: Responsibility, Setting Limits and Drink of Choice
Women are more likely than men to drink responsibly, being more inclined to designate a sober driver. Women are also more likely not to allow themselves or friends to drive if they are over the limit. They are also more careful than men to not get too drunk in front of co-workers or at office parties.
Only 10 percent of women said they need alcohol to have a good time compared to 16 percent of men.
How Much Is Too Much?
The study confirmed that women consume more alcohol on the weekend than they do during the week, averaging about three beverages on the weekend. However, women ages 18-34 are just as likely as men to experience extremely negative effects from drinking like blacking out, vomiting, and getting their stomach pumped.
When asked how many drinks are excessive, 83 percent of adults said more than two drinks and 49 percent said more than five. When asked about going to work with a hangover, only 13 percent of women admitted to doing so compared to 21 percent of men.
What We're Drinking:
Female drinkers show stronger preferences for wine/champagne beverages compared to men who favor beer and spirits. When it comes to cocktails we're drinking, women noted frozen margaritas are their favorite type of drink, while more men prefer beer based drinks, shots and drinks on the rocks.
What We're Drinking, by the numbers:
Among all the adults surveyed, spirits are slightly more favored than beers, however red wine is the most popular drink overall.
|Yahoo! Shine Alcohol & America Survey|
|Types of Alcohol||Percentages Alcoholic Beverages Liked|
|Beer - Lagers||26%|
|Beer - Ales||24%|
|Any type of beer||17%|
|Beer - Cider||12%|
|Any type of liqueurs||8%|
|Any type of spirits||5%|
|I don't drink at all||28%|
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