Young adults sour on drinking alcohol
Why it matters: Views on alcohol and drugs are shifting rapidly, especially among millennials and Gen Z. Americans overall now see booze as more harmful than marijuana.
By the numbers: A record-high 39% of Americans believe moderate drinking is detrimental to health, up 11 points since 2018.
- Among 18- to 34-year-olds, there was an 18-point jump — the biggest among any age group.
- 50% of Americans polled said alcohol makes no difference for health, and 10% said it is good for health.
Between the lines: Women are more likely than men to perceive moderate drinking as unhealthy.
- Nonreligious people (47%) were more likely than Christians (35%) to say it's harmful.
- The growth of nonalcoholic beverages — while still a small sector — is being driven by Gen Z and millennials.
Worth noting: Research and guidance by health organizations on safe alcohol consumption have changed since Gallup's previous poll on the subject in 2018.
- Guidelines for alcohol intake were updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- The World Health Organization has indicated that no level of alcohol consumption is safe for health.
Flashback: Deaths caused by alcohol increased 26% during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the CDC.
Methodology: More than 1,000 adults from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., answered the poll, conducted July 3–27.