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Study: Americans drank less alcohol in 2018

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Posted at 9:45 AM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 10:45:15-05

(CNN) – Happy hour was less happy in 2018 than a year prior.

It was the third year in a row that alcohol consumption among Americans decreased.

That's according to beverage market analysis company IWSR.

The company says Americans guzzled down 3.35 billion cases of beer, wine, and liquor last year, a decline of .08 percent.

According to IWSR, the main component in the decline was a drop in beer consumption, which was down 1.5 percent.

The company says wine and spirits are getting more popular, gaining sales volume for 24 years straight.

IWSR's U.S. president and global marketing chief, whose name is Brandy Rand, by the way, says trends toward health and wellness are likely factors in declining alcohol consumption.

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