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By The Numbers: What Americans Drink In A Year

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AdAge recently reported on American per capita beverage consumption for 2010. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that carbonated soft drinks are the most-consumed beverages, with an average of 44.7 gallons consumed per person, per year. Rounding out the top three is bottled water at 28.3 gallons and beer at 20.8 gallons.

Also making the cut:

Milk, 20.4 gallons
Coffee, 18.5 gallons
Fruit beverages, 11.5 gallons
Tea, 10.3 gallons
Sports beverages, 4 gallons
Wine, 2.3 gallons
Value-added water, 1.5 gallons
Distilled spirits, 1.5 gallons
Energy drinks, 1.2 gallons

Compared to 2005, the average American drank 6.8 gallons less soda while there is about a three-gallon increase in bottled water consumption. Also noticeable is the increase in energy drink consumption; in 2005 only 0.5 gallons were consumed.

Gizmodo points out that 44.7 gallons of soda weighs about 375 pounds. Enough said.

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