While many assume the appropriate time to start drinking alcohol is after 5 p.m., apparently most Americans have been taking the motto, “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” way too seriously. A new survey revealed most Americans pour their first drink before 5 p.m., with some saying they start drinking before noon.
The survey, conducted by YouGov, asked more than 2,500 Americans what time they think it is appropriate to start drinking alcohol. Shockingly, only 23% said people should wait until 5:00 P.M. or later to start. Even more surprisingly, 16% said it's okay to start drinking by noon, and another 18% that said they have their first drink even earlier.
Of course, the survey also showed that most think It’s okay to start drinking earlier in the day if it’s the weekend, with men twice as likely to start drinking in the morning on weekends. It also confirmed that most in their 20’s agree it is fine to start drinking alcohol earlier in the day. As these numbers show, no one should ever feel shame again for pouring that first drink before 5 p.m.