Around 66% of US citizens tend to consume four alcoholic drinks per week, according to a Consumption Habits poll conducted by Gallup, a Washington-based research-based performance-management consulting company.

Gallup conducted the Consumption Habits poll from 9-12 July 2012 through telephonic interviews with a random sample of 1,014 adults, aged 18 and older, living in the US and the District of Columbia.

Almost 66% of the Americans said they have occasion to drink alcohol, a third of them said they did not consume alcohol in the week prior to the survey, which means that around four in ten Americans (44%) consume at least one alcoholic drink in the previous week.

However, only 12% of drinkers reported consuming eight or more drinks in the previous week and 22% reported they sometimes drink too much, which is 17% higher compared to last year’s poll.

Among the different alcoholic drinks, beer topped the list with 39%, while 35% drinkers opted for wine and 22% favored liquor.

When compared among genders, 55% of male drinkers opted for beer, followed by liquor with 21% and wine with 20%, whereas 52% of female drinkers opted for wine with just over 20% of drinkers opting for beer or liquor.

According to the poll, the rate of overdrinking is particularly high in men and young adults, making them most at risk for this behavior.