Beer or Wine? The Answer May Depend on Your Gender

Overall Americans say they like both about the same, but women still prefer wine

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A nation of beer drinkers has finally acquired a taste for wine. According to Gallup’s annual Consumption Habits poll released Thursday, Americans are now almost equally divided in their preference for beer or wine, with only a slight edge going to beer. Overall, 36% of Americans indicated a preference for beer, while 35% of Americans are wine lovers. About 23% say hard liquor is their alcoholic beverage of choice.

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Beer has been traditionally the drink of choice for Americans, but despite the rise of niche craft beers, the beverage’s overall popularity has declined. In 1992, beer had a 20% advantage over wine as the preferred national drink. Now just one percent of Americans claim to prefer it over wine.

Gender plays a key role in what people imbibe. Fifty-three percent of men say beer is their drink of choice. In comparison, 52% of women favor wine.

Age is a key factor as well. Young adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29, were the biggest consumers of hard alcohol, with 28% selecting it has their favorite happy-hour indulgence, versus just 19% of thiose over 50 and 7% of those between the ages of 20 and 49.

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Overall, 60% of Americans indicate that they at least drink on occasion, down from the historical average of 63% since 1939.

The survey, which was conducted over the phone, polled 2,027 adults over a four-day period in mid-July.

4 comments
gilean23
gilean23

Someone needs to give this author a lesson in how to present statistics and draw conclusions from them, as this article is horribly confusing.

"Overall, 36% of Americans indicated a preference for beer, while 35% of Americans are wine lovers. About 23% say hard liquor is their alcoholic beverage of choice."

From the above statement, they then draw a conclusion:
"In 1992, beer had a 20% advantage over wine as the preferred national drink. Now just one percent of Americans claim to prefer it over wine."

No, 36% of Americans prefer beer over wine. You just said that earlier. There is a 1% difference in the number of people who prefer beer over wine.

"Gender plays a key role in what people imbibe. 53% of men say beer is their drink of choice. In comparison, 52% of women favor wine".

Apparently a 1% difference is statistically significant enough to indicate a "key role"?

hughthewineguy
hughthewineguy

WHAT a stupid article. Are you trying to tell me a ONE percent difference between scores is statistically valid in a sample of 2027 adults?? Poorly thought out, poorly written, with poor context and poor analysis of poor data. Numpties.

hughthewineguy
hughthewineguy

And the sensationalist title??! Don't get me started.

brenro12
brenro12

Now that InBev AB has ruined the majority of beers sold here I much prefer a glass of wine.