Who’s most likely to drink? According to Gallup’s annual survey, educated, upper-class, middle-aged, married parents.
Based on the results of the survey, alcohol consumption increases with every bracket of both annual household income and education. 78% of people making more than $75,000 a year reported regular drinking, compared to only 45% of people making less than $30,000 a year. Similarly, 80% of college graduates drink, compared to 52% of people who did not move beyond high school.
People in the middle—making between $30,000 and $75,000, and those who completed some college—drank less than their richer, better-educated peers but more than lower-income, less educated people.
Researchers suggest that this difference may be a result of the possibilities of vacations, dinner parties, and networking events associated with corporate positions.
Similarly, people in the suburbs are 17% more likely to drink than city folks, and 15% more likely than country dwellers. This might be explained by the greater wealth gap in cities, compared to the more homogenous middle-class and upper-middle class populations of suburbs.
Here are some of the more interesting findings of the survey:
*The biggest proportion of drinkers fall between people who are between the ages of 30- and 49-years-old.
*73% of employed people drink, compared to only 52% of jobless people.
*70% of married people drink, but only 58% of singles do.
*People with children under 18 are a bit more likely to drink, coming in at 66% with a 3% margin over childless Americans.
*Churchgoers, republicans, and southerners drink marginally less than other groups.
This isn’t to say that the Brady Bunch has a drinking problem, necessarily. Gallup reports that studies show that in low-income brackets, total abstinence and binge-drinking are more common, compared to the moderate-but-regular habits of high-income Americans. Occasional overdrinking was self-reported among 24% of Americans, with figures hovering near there across the economic spectrum.