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Watch the poll: Sobering stats on America's drinking habits

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According to a new poll, the majority of Americans a) consume alcohol, b) prefer beer, and on average, among the drinkers, deposit c) 4.2 alcoholic beverages into their throats per week.

Conducted July 9-12, Gallup's 2012 Annual Consumption Habits poll has tapped into the drinking habits of men and women, finding considerable differences by gender, race, and age.

Feel free to pour over these wordy statistics, keeping in mind that the statistics suggest they may have been written by a drunk person. 

  • Although 66% of Americans say they "have occasion to drink alcoholic beverages such as liquor, wine, or beer," a third of these say they had no drinks in the seven days prior to the survey.
  • This leaves roughly four in 10 Americans (44%) who appear to be regular drinkers, consuming at least one alcoholic beverage in the past week.
  • While only 12% of drinkers report consuming eight or more drinks in the past week -- averaging more than one per day -- Gallup finds 22% of drinkers saying they sometimes drink too much.
  • This is up from 17% last year, but similar to the percentages in most other years over the past decade. Prior to 2001, the proportion tended to be higher.

Other interesting imbibing poll info includes: drinking rates are higher for men than for women, Midwesterners show the greatest preference for beer, adults 55-years-old and up lean toward wine, 40% of drinkers report having at least one drink in the past week, and one in five drinkers say they drink too much on occasion.