U.S. Beverage Consumption Trends

Major shifts in beverage consumption patterns have occurred in the United States over the past ten years. During that time, beer consumption has dropped by about 10% whereas both wine and distilled spirits (tequila, gin, vodka, whiskey, rum, etc.) have risen by about 10%.

Soft drink consumption has falled 6%, milk about 5%, and coffee has declined very slightly. On the other hand, tea consmption has increased 5% and bottled water consumption has gone up 55%.

Although the proportion of adults in the U.S. who drink alcohol has remained fairly stable for over the past 60 years, the average quantity consumed per capita has declined significantly over time.

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  • Beverage Information Group data reported in how America’s drink consumption has evolved over a decade. AIM Digest, 2013, 34(3), 26;

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