The Nation

Americans drank less alcohol last year for the sixth year in a row and appeared to be shunning such traditional drinks as whiskey, gin or vodka in favor of sweet liqueurs and cordials, according to a report published in New York by a private marketing group. Overall consumption of distilled spirits dropped 1.6% in 1985--from 156.4 million cases in 1984 to 153.9 million cases last year.

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