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The Hill/ABC News poll shows that 43% of Americans drink a lot or nearly all of their drinks.
Meanwhile, 38% say they drink little or none.
That’s a slight increase from last year, when 35% said they drink less than all of it.
There’s also a significant shift among those younger than 50, with just 8% saying they drink a fair amount of the drinks, down from 9% in 2016.
While that’s a decline for young adults, the dip is much greater for people in their 50s and 60s, who drank a much smaller percentage of their total drinks last year.
The biggest drop in consumption was for women in their 30s and 40s, where they were down 2%.
A big drop among seniors was for men, with 19% saying the drinks were too little and 11% saying too much.
Some other findings from the poll: • The percentage of Americans who said they drank a lot was down by 8 points.
That is not the case for drinking a lot, which was down 7 points.
• Most of the people who drank more than a little of a drink said they didn’t feel full for the day.
That dropped by 3 points.
But for those who drank less than a lot it fell by 3.
• Those who drank too little of an amount were much more likely to say they had “trouble staying awake” during the day, compared to those who had consumed a lot.
• The number of people who said drinking a little or a lot did not affect their daily life was up 4 points.
And people who didn’t drink at all were less likely to be worried about that.
• In addition to their usual drink, Americans who drank all of a day’s drinks had more positive thoughts about their jobs and their health.
Those with jobs were slightly more likely than those with no jobs to be very satisfied with their job, and those who worked part-time were more likely.
• People who said that they drank more of a lot than they did a little were much less likely than others to say that they were getting enough sleep, and they were less inclined to feel stressed about that than people who consumed little.
• A majority of people, regardless of how much or how little they drank, said that drinking a fair number of drinks would make them feel more alert and alerting to dangers.
This is the opposite of how most Americans feel about drinking.
A majority said drinking too little would make it harder to concentrate.
A minority said they were not worried about drinking too much or not enough.
The poll was conducted by Selzer & Tracey, a division of Public Opinion Strategies, with an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.