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Wine is on the Rise, While Beer Declines

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Recent stats show that more and more people are dropping beer for wine. A report from Gallup says that 36 percent of Americans who drink alcohol prefer beer and 35 percent prefer wine. Twenty-three percent say they prefer liquor.

The growth in wine’s popularity has been seen across racial groups and in both men and women. While only 20 percent of men say they prefer wine over beer, 52 percent of women like wine better.

The statistics tell us that Americans over the age of 50 are the fastest growing demographic of wine lovers, while 29 percent of people age 30-49 choose wine.

As the number of wine lovers continues to increase, the number of wineries has also increased.

Since the early 90s, more U.S drinkers shifted their preference from beer to wine, saying they drink wine more often than beer, then have gone the other direction.

If the current pattern continues, the U.S. will soon have more wine drinkers than beer drinkers.

Why are people abandoning beer for wine?

Many people will point to the health benefits of wine.

  • Longevity: People who drink wine have 34 percent lower mortality rate than those who drink beer or spirits, according to a Finnish study published in the Journals of Gerontology.
  • Lower Stroke Risk: For people who drink wine at a moderate level, the possibility of suffering from a stroke that is blood clot related drops by 50 percent, according to a Columbia University study.
  • Slows Brain Decline Rate: Brain function decline rate in moderate wine drinkers is reduced compared to non-drinkers according to another study from a Columbia University.
  • Reduces Heart Attack Risk: It is less likely for moderate wine drinkers who suffer from high blood pressure to have a heart attack, when compared to nondrinkers, according to a Harvard School of Public Health report.
  • Reduces Risk of Heart Disease: Red wines contain procyanidins, which shields the heart from diseases. Most wines from France have more of this ingredient than other wines – Report from Queen Mary University in London.
  • Lowers Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: People who drink wine moderately are known to have a 30 percent lesser chances of developing type 2 diabetes, according to research from Amsterdam’s VU University Medical Center.

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