Americans like their beer. And it's a BIG business in the United States.

That's not news, of course, but the latest data from Gallup show just how much adult Americans drink and, when they do, how much they prefer beer over wine and liquor.

Gallup says:

  • 41 percent of U.S. drinkers report they typically drink beer.
  • 31 percent choose wine.
  • 23 percent choose liquor.

Also in the Gallup report is a recap of how these preferences have changed over time and how they vary in terms of the day of the week and the age of the drinker. Some of it is not surprising, particularly that Americans drink more on the weekends. We could have told you that.

However, wine connoisseurs should take heart; there was a time when wine held a higher position among Americans who drink. Beer, however, has returned to its long-held place in American culture. That said, it would be interesting to see these statistics correlated with some of the other (read: less positive) aspects of drinking, including DUI arrests, alcoholism and health concerns. Most stories, including this one, have more than one side.

-- Phillip Tutor