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More Americans drinking hard liquor, fewer drinking beer

Los Angeles Times 02/07/2017

Sales of spirits grew 4.5 percent year-over-year in 2016, the seventh straight annual increase., according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. Spirits’ share of the alcoholic beverage market grew to 35.9 percent last year, up from 28.7 percent in 2000. Beer’s share of the market has declined from 55 percent to 47 percent over the same period.

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