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Wealthy And Educated Americans Drink Alcohol The Most

By Gallup July 28, 2015
Forbes Business

In the United States, drinking alcohol depends heavily on socio-economic status. The country’s drinkers are most likely to be wealthy and well educated, according to  a recent Gallup poll.

While 64 percent of all adults do generally drink alcohol, college graduates and high earners have the highest rates of consumption overall. According to Gallup, 52 percent of people with a high school diploma or less said they drink, compared to 80 percent of college graduates. Meanwhile, 78 percent of those earning $75,000 or more drink alcohol but among those making $30,000 or less, the consumption rate falls to just 45 percent. While high-earning Americans certainly have the economic resources and power to purchase alcohol whenever they desire, they are also far more likely to partake in activities that involve drinking. These include socializing with colleagues, eating out in restaurants and going on vacation.