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Who and what drinks in America?

Gallup - the American institute of public opinion - conducted the next survey to find out which of Americans as it is frequent and what takes alcoholic drinks. For telephone interviews 1009 adults living in all 50 American states were incidentally chosen.

Among the main conclusions of sociological research: in 2015 alcohol was taken by 8 of 10 graduates of colleges with the high level of the income whereas among needy Americans there is a share of drinking - less than a half.

Most often Americans traditionally give preference to beer which holds “title“ of the most popular drink in the USA. Nevertheless addictions of fans of alcoholic drinks in many respects depend on the level of the income.

In general 64% of respondents reported that they do not refuse to themselves pleasure from time to time “to accept on a breast“. The share of drinking varies depending on the residence and belonging to the social groups differing according to the income, education level, a sex, age and religiousness.

Among representatives of cream of the American society with the annual income over 75 thousand dollars reported about the use of alcoholic drinks to 78% of respondents whereas among people with the income there are less than 30 thousand of drinking only 45%.

Within 24 hours preceding poll took alcohol of 47% of highly paid Americans and only 18% of low-paid, 45% of graduates of colleges and 28% of those who limited the education by usual school.

According to researchers, the level of the income per se, undoubtedly, influences an opportunity to spend money for binge. But it is not the only reason that people with the big income drink more. They lead other life, than representatives of the lower layers: eat at restaurants, communicate with colleagues more and more often leave on rest.

From those Americans who regularly visit church reported about the use of alcohol to 47% of respondents. It is much less, than 69% drinking among those in which life the religion does not play a special role.

Respondents at the age of 30 - 49 years were the most subject to alcohol influence by age group. Men drink more often than women. Their shares made, respectively, 69% and 59%.

In spite of the fact that the relative number of Americans with white skin color gradually decreases, among them it is more admirers of alcohol (69%), than among all other racial groups (52%).

About a quarter (24%) of the drinking Americans consider the hobby for alcohol excessive. Reported to 27% of respondents with the low income about abuses and 28% of graduates of schools, but only 18% which left college and 24% of owners of the high income.

Against more frequent use of alcoholic drinks by educated Americans with the high level of the income their denial of abuses raises doubts at Gallup. Nevertheless other statistical and scientific researches show that owners of the high income actually drink more often, but moderately whereas Americans with the low income usually either abuse alcohol, or do not drink in general.

According to historical tendencies most of Americans - 42% - drink beer against 34% of fans of wine and 21% of admirers of hard liquors. At the same time wine is more popular than beer in social groups of educated Americans with means. It is chosen by 38% of the drinking rich men and 44% of graduates of colleges.