The majority of American adults (62%) consume alcohol at least occasionally. A July 2017 national survey by Gallup found that Americans who drink alcohol continue to say they most often choose beer (40%) over wine (30%) and liquor (26%).
Beer is most popular among men; this year, 62% of male drinkers say they prefer beer, compared with 19% of female drinkers. Less-educated and middle-income Americans also tend to choose beer.
Women are significantly more likely than men to prefer wine, at 50% vs. 11%, respectively. This beverage is also preferred more among college-educated adults.