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Myth of Presidential Drinking [Infographic]

What follows helps dispel the myth of 'presidential drinking' - in turn this infographic proves US presidents are a positive role model when it comes to avoiding alcohol. Please read with joy!

Myth of Presidential Drinking
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Myth of Presidential Drinking

 

About this infographic

Now that Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us we thought it a good time to conducted research examining the popularity of different alcoholic beverages amongst US presidents. The research reveals the overwhelming ‘myth’ of heavy presidential drinking.

Drink popularity

The research reveals whiskey was the most popular alcoholic beverage amongst US presidents. In order of popularity, whiskey was followed by wine, beer and then champagne, cider and then gin.

The myth of presidential drinking

The research we undertook reveals the majority of US presidents were moderate drinkers at best. 19% of presidents were completely teetotal. The research thus reveals the ‘myth’ of heavy presidential alcohol use. Many Americans believe their past leaders were heavy drinking hard men. In reality, most US presidents chose to drink very little alcohol. Many elected to drink no alcohol whatsoever.

We feel this research strengthens US presidents’ image as positive role models, particularly for America’s youth. Our research and resulting infographic send out a simple message to young people: if you wish to get ahead, you must elect not to drink excessive amounts of alcohol. The World Health Organisation says around 3 million deaths occur each year due to alcoholism, or around 6% of all global deaths. Therefore, we feel it is important to cast aside any notion that US presidents were heavy drinkers.

Research data

The below table includes data not included in the infographic due to space limitation. We include a ‘drink-o-meter’. This meter grades how much alcohol each president drank. Teetotal presidents scored 0 out of 5 whilst heavy drinking presidents scored 5 out of 5.

President Year of Presidency Favourite Drink Drink-o-meter
George Washington April 30, 1789 - March 4, 1797 Whiskey 2 out of 5
John Adams March 4, 1797 - March 4, 1801 Cider 2 out of 5
Thomas Jefferson March 4, 1801 - March 4, 1809 Wine 2 out of 5
James Madison March 4, 1809 - March 4, 1817 Champagne 1 out of 5
James Monroe March 4, 1817 - March 4, 1825 Wine 1 out of 5
John Quincy Adams March 4, 1825 - March 4, 1829 Wine 1 out of 5
Andrew Jackson March 4, 1829 - March 4, 1837 Whiskey 1 out of 5
Martin Van Buren March 4, 1837 - March 4, 1841 Whiskey 5 out of 5
William Henry Harrison March 4, 1841 - April 4, 1841 Teetotal 0 out of 5
John Tyler April 4, 1841 - March 4, 1845 Champagne 1 out of 5
James K. Polk March 4, 1845 - March 4, 1849 Wine 1 out of 5
Zachary Taylor March 4, 1849 - July 9, 1850 Whiskey 1 out of 5
Millard Fillmore July 9, 1850 - March 4, 1853 Wine 1 out of 5
Franklin Pierce March 4, 1853 - March 4, 1857 Whiskey 5 out of 5
James Buchanan March 4, 1857 - March 4, 1861 Wine 5 out of 5
Abraham Lincoln March 4, 1861 - April 15, 1865 Teetotal 0 out of 5
Andrew Johnson April 15, 1865 - March 4, 1869 Whiskey 2 out of 5
Ulysses S. Grant March 4, 1869 - March 4, 1877 Whiskey 3 out of 5
Rutherford B. Hayes March 4, 1877 - March 4, 1881 Teetotal 0 out of 5
James Garfield March 4, 1881 - September 19, 1881 Beer 1 out of 5
Chester A. Arthur September 19, 1881 - March 4, 1885 Wine 3 out of 5
Grover Cleveland March 4, 1885 - March 4, 1889 and March 4, 1893 - March 4, 1897 Beer 5 out of 5
Benjamin Harrison March 4, 1889 - March 4, 1893 Teetotal 0 out of 5
William McKinley March 4, 1897 - September 14, 1901 Whiskey 1 out of 5
Theodore Roosevelt September 14, 1901 - March 4, 1909 Teetotal 1 out of 5
William Howard Taft March 4, 1909 - March 4, 1913 Teetotal 1 out of 5
Woodrow Wilson March 4, 1913 - March 4, 1921 Whiskey 1 out of 5
Warren G. Harding March 4, 1921 - August 2, 1923 Whiskey 1 out of 5
Calvin Coolidge August 2, 1923 - March 4, 1929 Wine 1 out of 5
Herbert Hoover March 4, 1929 - March 4, 1933 Wine 1 out of 5
Franklin D. Roosevelt March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945 Whiskey 2 out of 5
Harry Truman April 12, 1945 - January 20, 1953 Wine 1 out of 5
Dwight D. Eisenhower January 20, 1953 - January 20, 1961 Whiskey 1 out of 5
John F. Kennedy January 20, 1961 - November 22, 1963 Cocktails 1 out of 5
Lyndon B. Johnson November 22, 1963 - January 20, 1969 Whiskey 2 out of 5
Richard Nixon January 20, 1969 - August 9, 1974 Wine 3 out of 5
Gerald Ford August 9, 1974 - January 20, 1977 Gin 2 out of 5
Jimmy Carter January 20, 1977 - January 20, 1981 Teetotal 0 out of 5
Ronald Reagan January 20, 1981 - January 20, 1989 Wine 1 out of 5
George H. W. Bush January 20, 1989 - January 20, 1993 Beer 1 out of 5
William Clinton January 20, 1993 - January 20, 2001 Beer 1 out of 5
George W. Bush January 20, 2001 - January 20, 2009 Teetotal 0 out of 5
Barack Obama January 20, 2009 - Beer 1 out of 5
      Global Avg = 1.5 out of 5
      Avg in 1800s = 1.86
      Avg in 1900s = 1.22

 

 

 

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