People Are Drinking Less Wine - Blame It On The CLAW

January 14, 2020
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We all still love getting drunk . . . but HOW we're getting drunk is changing.

Last year, wine drinking in the U.S. went down by almost 1%.  That's the first time in 25 YEARS that wine drinking went down, not up.

Beer drinking went down for the fourth straight year, dropping 2.3%.

But overall, we drank MORE last year than we did in 2018, and spent more on booze.  So what replaced beer and wine?

Hard liquor . . . and hard seltzers (Obviously).

The "big five" liquors - whiskey, vodka, rum, tequila, and gin - were up a total of 2.3% last year, according to USA Today.  And hard seltzers went up almost 50% so . . . yeah, there's where all your wine and beer drinkers went right there.