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Do You Drink Above or Below the National Average?

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A new report from the NCHS has found that the average American adult consumes about 100 calories worth of alcohol every day - an amount that the New York Daily News warns could "for many people... contribute to excess weight gain."

The study found that, actually, many adults consume far more than this, with 20 percent of men and six percent of women drinking over 300 calories daily; about the same as two twelve ounce cans of beer or two-and-a-half glasses of wine.



The study also found that one in three men and 18 percent of women will have an alcoholic drink on any given day, and that alcohol accounts for around 16 percent of the daily calorie intake of an American adult who drinks.

Dr Samara Joy Nielsen, lead author of the study and a nutritional epidemiologist with the National Center for Health Statistics thinks that people may not be aware of the calorie content of alcohol. She has said that "I don’t know if people actually look at a beer and realize that it’s the same amount of calories as a soda. Or that a five-ounce glass of wine is almost as much as a soda.” Do you think that you drink above or below the national average?
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  • DanielRivers 2012/11/21 02:09:59
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    DanielRivers
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    I THING someone drings too mush if they can't catch their spelling error before sending out an poll like this.

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  • josh parker 2012/12/31 01:55:31
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    josh parker
    But with my bros im below, there a sick bunch of alcoholics - but i love em!
  • NakedRei 2012/12/26 05:21:47
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    NakedRei
    WAY below!
  • Minnesota Bound 2012/12/12 03:31:19
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    Minnesota Bound
    Only slightly above though, due to the fact that I don't drink often, but when I do, It's usually a lot (unless I know I have to drive, then just one or two)
  • Tiger Lily 2012/12/01 04:20:02
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    Tiger Lily
    I have less than one drink every six months, so I am well below the national average.
  • MiniB 2012/11/30 04:27:28
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    MiniB
    I don't drink... I can make a six-pack of Smirnov Ice last me a year....
  • lucky 2012/11/29 13:48:40
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    lucky
    I seldom drink, maybe about twice every 5 or 6 months.
  • Laura 2012/11/29 05:48:53
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    Laura
    I am pretty much a social drinker.
  • schjaz 2012/11/28 17:17:47
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    schjaz
    I don't drink everyday...now let's see, if a person drinks once every 2 weeks, they would have to drink at least a 12 pack at one sitting to get this to work out right. Nope. I definately drink below the average American.
  • SK-pro impeachment 2012/11/27 16:36:20
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    SK-pro impeachment
    But thinking of catching up soon! LOL J/K
    thinking catching lol jk
  • Diamond Girl 2012/11/27 15:57:37
  • Dave**G... Diamond... 2012/11/27 18:09:04
  • Dave**Gay for Girls** 2012/11/27 15:57:21
  • keeper 2012/11/27 15:54:26
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    keeper
    I use to consume much more than 1,000 calories a day...(6-7 beers)...but for the last 5 years, I don't drink except on special occasions...
  • Quazar 2012/11/26 23:57:22
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    Quazar
    Well below....
  • Mytstar ~PWCM~JLA 2012/11/26 23:40:19
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    Mytstar ~PWCM~JLA
    I drank enough to kill a bull elephant on a weekly basis.... When I finally realized I wasnt having fun any more... I stopped
  • TheMayor 2012/11/26 21:49:11
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    TheMayor
    my drinking is average for a serious person in recovery
  • roger.tafel 2012/11/26 21:25:39
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    roger.tafel
    Booze make me fall asleep. Wooo hooo! I like a drink every once in a while, but that is rare. There has to be a better drug.
  • Smokey 2012/11/26 21:14:31
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    Smokey
    EAT, DRINK, AND BE MERR! :)

    vodka
  • Professor Wizard 2012/11/26 21:01:18
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    Professor Wizard
    IF I drink Beer - - I generally only drink 1.

    IF I am at a party, I will drink 2.

    I don't drink any other Alcohol products.

    I am WAY below the national average!
  • rocker1446 2012/11/26 19:43:24
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    rocker1446
    I don't drink at all.
  • Haushinka 2012/11/26 18:57:53
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    Haushinka
    Oh well.
  • KCMamabear 2012/11/26 17:52:17
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    KCMamabear
    I don't drink at all.
  • ♌βļąƈʞƦơșƐ3033♌ 2012/11/26 17:08:00
  • Joe 2012/11/26 16:09:26
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    Joe
    I love wine and usually have 1-2 glasses around supper time every day. Sometimes beer.
  • the spoiler 2012/11/26 15:59:06
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    the spoiler
    Sometimes 2 beers a wk
  • Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA 2012/11/26 15:52:47
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    Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA
    A few times this year, I've had more than a few drinks, but that doesn't happen very often anymore. I went to two 30 year class reunions and had a night out in Vegas. The majority of the time, it's maybe one a week. Lots of times I'll go for weeks without.

    I did plenty of years of partying and gave it up about 11 years ago. I don't have the patience or stomach for that crowd anymore. Did my days bartending and have a set of alcoholics on my side of the family that give me plenty of examples of the reasons it's ridiculous.
  • WGN 2012/11/26 15:38:39
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    As I have had one half of a glass of beer in the last 5 years, I would say that I am well below the national average.

    Drinkiing alcohol just doesn't do anything for me.
  • Reagan8084 2012/11/26 15:36:50 (edited)
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    +3
    Actually, since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis on September 22nd, 2009, I haven't had a drop of alcohol, OR a cigarette, for that matter.
  • the spo... Reagan8084 2012/11/26 16:00:18
    the spoiler
    +1
    Good for you
  • Reagan8084 the spo... 2012/11/27 23:11:11
    Reagan8084
    LOL Thanks.
  • Mrs. Kathy Arch 2012/11/26 13:29:48
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    Mrs. Kathy Arch
    +1
    I rarely drink.
  • Mark 2012/11/26 10:28:34
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    Mark
    I don't drink alcohol. I don't see the point, and can't stand the aftertaste, and often the initial taste.
  • Sophie 2012/11/26 08:21:33
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    +1
    I think I may be pretty boring, LOL
  • Catnip "Guru" ∞ 2012/11/26 07:58:25
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    Catnip "Guru" ∞
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    Way below. I don't drink.
  • LissFirefly 2012/11/26 06:22:13
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    LissFirefly
    I drink about once a year, the holiday I must spend with my side of the family. LOL. That's it. I am not fond of the taste of alcohol. Beer is gross.
  • mae 2012/11/26 05:14:06
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    mae
    Below, about 300 calories-worth a month, if that.
  • Airhead 2012/11/26 04:33:06
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    Airhead
    When I drink it is usually a dark beer or heavy wine. I don't drink every day but when I do it's usually something extremely fattening and packed with delicious calories. Right now I'm drinking some corn and I'd hate to see how many calories I've consumed thus far.
  • Big J 2012/11/26 03:41:45
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    Big J
    i dont drink at all
  • Skywalker 2012/11/26 02:53:18
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    Skywalker
    I dont drink, and im 16.
    A FRAKIN MIRACLE!!!
  • Okie Lady 2012/11/26 02:34:17
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    Okie Lady
    I drink maybe one mixed drink a year, so I'm way below my quota! No beer, wine, or anything else. Too many alcoholics on both sides of my family for me to play around with it.
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