Poll: Drinking habits tied to income, education

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Poll: Drinking Habits Tied To Income, Education


A recent Gallup poll revealed that higher earning Americans -- people who earn at least $75,000 a year -- drink more than those earning less. And when they have to pick their drink, wine wins out.

Overall, though beer is still America's go-to adult beverage of choice.

Education also has an effect on how much people drink -- according to the poll, people who have a college degree are more likely to drink than those who don't have one.

Eight in 10 adults who have a higher socio-economic status say they drink while only half of lower-income Americans and those with a high school diploma or less say they drink.

One reason for the difference, Gallup suggests, is that people with a higher income can afford to go out more often, participate in social activities that involve drinking more frequently and in general keep their homes stocked.

But the poll proves that the majority of Americans still love their alcohol. Sixty-four percent of those polled say they drink — which has been the case since 1939.
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