Per Capita Consumption of Selected Beverages by Type: 1980 to 2006 (in gallons)
In twenty five years, how have drinking habits changed in the United States?
- On average, each person drinks 6.6 fewer gallons of milk and the milk that they do drink is more likely to be of the low-fat variety.
- A little bit more tea and slightly less coffee. The less coffee thing kinda surprises me.
- A lot more bottled water, but I’m not sure what that means since there is no category for tap water.
- More soda overall, but almost all of that increase is in diet. Surprising, but regular soda intake has not really increased.
For all the “binge drinking” fears promulgated in the media, slightly less alcohol per capita…
|Milk (plain and flavored)||27.6||21.0|
|Reduced-fat, light, and skim Milk||10.5||14.3|
|Carbonated soft drinks||33.6||50.6|
|Fruit drinks, cocktails, and ades||(NA)||13.5|