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Are you cutting down on booze?

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

August 7, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Fewer Americans are drinking alcohol. That's according to researchers at Boston University.

They found Americans are drinking less beer and more wine. Researchers believe the shift may be because more people are moving in a healthier direction. The study also found more people are non drinkers now, and people drink less the older they get.

Distributor Kip Hampson says over the past few years, he's seen an increase in wine sales, but recently, folks are sticking to well known brands. He said, "With the economy the way it is, a lot of people are buying the brands they are comfortable with. Brands like Kendall Jackson, Woodbridge, your everyday brands. We're seeing some people aren't branching out to venture into different brands but buying the more popular brands."

According to the study, Americans are drinking about the same amount of hard liquor.

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