(CNSNews.com) -- A new survey shows that beer is the No. 1 preferred alcoholic beverage among American adults who drink while wine and liquor are nearly tied for second place.
In the poll, Gallup asked American adults, "Do you most often drink liquor, wine or beer?"
Thirty-eight percent said beer; 30% said wine; and 29 % said liquor.
In addition, the survey found that 55% of men prefer beer but 45% of women prefer wine.
The largest percentage of beer drinkers (49%) live in the midwest.
For drinkers with a college degree, 39% said they drink beer most often. For those with no college, 47% said they drink beer most often.
"Adults under 55 are the age groups most likely to prefer beer as well as liquor, while adults over 55 are the most likely to prefer wine," said Gallup. "Residents of the East and Midwest are most partial to beer. While no particular region is particularly oriented to wine or liquor, the Midwest lags behind the other regions in preferring wine."
"There is also a socio-economic component to alcohol preferences, with higher education and high-income Americans being above par in preferring wine," reported Gallup. "By contrast, lower education and lower-income Americans are the most partial to beer."
The proportion of Americans who drink has been steady over the last 20 years, said Gallup, and the average number of alcoholic drinks consumed over the last seven days by American drinkers is 4.0.
"Sixty-five percent of all U.S. adults, aged 18 and older, currently say they 'have occasion to use alcoholic beverages such as liquor, wine or beer' while 34% describe themselves as a 'total abstainer,'" reported the survey firm.
"Alcohol remains a popular beverage in the U.S., with nearly two in three Americans drinking it," said Gallup. "However, Americans' preferred type of alcoholic beverage has varied a bit over the years, possibly reflecting such industry trends as the rise of craft beers and more recently craft liquors. Health trends, such as the recent popularity of low carbohydrate diets -- 28% of Americans recently told Gallup they try to avoid carbohydrates -- may also explain why some people have gravitated toward liquor. Unlike wine and beer, straight liquor is carb-free."
In conclusion, Gallup said, "While beer is not as dominant as it was a quarter-century ago, it remains the most popular of the three types of alcohol, with men primarily responsible for keeping it in the top spot."