Alcohol Consumption Reaches A 28 Year High

August 13, 2018

If it seems that we're toasting an adult beverage more often these days, you would be correct.  According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Americans are drinking more than the healthy amount of 2.1 gallons of ethanol alcohol (or less) per person per year. That equals roughly 448 standard drinks per person per year.  The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has been tracking our drinking habits since 1977 and say that in 2016, the national per capita alcohol consumption reached 2.35 gallons, which was a .9% increase over 2015. The last time Americans drank this much beer, wine, and liquor was in 1990. While beer consumption decreased slightly, wine consumption is at an all-time high with spirits reaching a 31 year high. While it appears most of us are reaching for the bottle more often, only four states saw a decrease in alcohol consumption from 2015 to 2016, which are Utah, Oklahoma, Arkansas and West Virginia. Florida ranks in the top third of states in alcohol consumption.

SOURCE: US News & World Report

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