American drinking habits have undergone a major shift in the last decade. Throughout the 1990s, soft drinks made up nearly a third of the typical Americans’ liquid diet.
But in the past 10 years, we’ve cut our soda consumption by 16%. Meanwhile, we now drink more than 50% more bottled water than we did in 2001–and twice as many energy drinks.
An analyst from Morningstar notes that soft drinks peaked around 1998. The big winners in the past decade have been bottled waters, sports drinks, wines, and then spirits–which have picked up a quarter of a gallon per person in the last decade.
U.S. consumers now drink 180 gallons of liquid a year. For a glimpse of American drinking habits between 2001 and 2011–using data from Cheers parent company, the Beverage Information Group–read this Atlantic article.