The 5 Most Popular Drinking Days

Not surprisingly, Americans consume more alcoholic beverages on New Year's Eve than on any other day of the year. But this may surprise you: Christmas is the second most popular day to imbibe.

That's the word from a survey of 2,000 U.S. adults titled "Alcohol and America," conducted by Yahoo!

The top five most popular drinking days are:
1. New Year's Eve
2. Christmas
3. Fourth of July
4. St. Patrick's Day
5. Thanksgiving

How much do we drink?

  • On average, U.S. adults consume seven alcoholic beverages per week.
  • While most adults are responsible about their drinking, one in three has experienced negative effects of drinking.
  • Men consume two more drinks per week, on average, than do women.
  • Women consume more alcohol on the weekend than they do during the week, averaging about three beverages on the weekend.
  • Women ages 18 to 34 are just as likely as men to experience extremely negative effects from drinking, including blacking out, vomiting and getting their stomach pumped.

    Who is getting drunk?

  • One in four adults claims to have never gotten drunk.
  • Nearly two in three adults got drunk before they reached the legal drinking age.
  • The average age both men and women had their first drink is 17.
  • Men are more likely to drink alone with 70 percent consuming two or more drinks when drinking alone.
  • Only 10 percent of women said they need alcohol to have a good time, compared with 16 percent of men.

    Who is drinking responsibly?

  • Women are more likely than men to drink responsibly, being more inclined to designate a sober driver.
  • Women are more likely than men not to allow themselves or friends to drive if they are over the limit.
  • Women are more careful than men to not get too drunk in front of co-workers or at office parties.
  • 28 percent of U.S. adults say they do not drink at all.

    How much is too much?

  • When asked how many drinks are excessive, 83 percent of adults said more than two drinks and 49 percent said more than five.
  • When asked about going to work with a hangover, only 13 percent of women admitted doing so, compared with 21 percent of men.

    What are we drinking?

  • Female drinkers show stronger preferences for wine/champagne beverages.
  • Men favor beer and spirits.
  • When it comes to cocktails, women say frozen margaritas are their favorite type of drink, while more men prefer beer-based drinks, shots and drinks on the rocks.

    The top 12 most popular alcoholic beverages:
    1. Red wine: 28 percent
    2. Vodka: 27 percent
    3. Beer-lagers: 26 percent
    4. Beer-ale and white wine (tie): 24 percent
    6. Rum: 22 percent
    7. Whiskey: 19 percent
    8. Tequila: 18 percent
    9. Any type of beer and Champagne (tie): 17 percent
    11. Sparkling wine: 15 percent
    12. Beer-cider: 12 percent

    --From the Editors at Netscape

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