Since they don't have a dumb presidential election to worry about this year, the people at Gallup have finally turned their attention to our nation's most pressing issue: drinking preferences. After polling about 2,000 Americans last month, the statisticians discovered that drinkers are equally likely to pick beer or wine as their booze of choice -- marking a major, major blow for beer, which used to kill this thing back in the '90s.
As you can see from this breakdown, about half of the guys surveyed picked beer as their poison, with 20 percent choosing wine and another 22 percent going for liquor. Meanwhile, about half of the ladies said wine was their favorite, with 20 percent picking beer and 24 percent sticking to liquor. But if you look at the same stats from '92-'94, you'll see that in both camps, beer has suffered a major popularity drop and wine is inching its way towards becoming the new prom queen. Liquor also saw a 6 percent increase with the dudes, meaning you should never underestimate the power of a good scotch/Jager bomb.
Break it down by age, and you'll see that the 18 to 29-year-old demographic is banishing beer to the losers' table at an even more alarming rate. Since 1994, it's suffered a 30 point drop as the preferred hooch of youths, and is currently about popular with them as it is with the 30 to 49-year-olds.
You can chart the overall popularity of beer, wine, and liquor from 1992 to 2013 via this graph, which also doesn't look great for suds. So if you are one of the few remaining ale lovers, start spreading its gospel before the winos take over the nation.