MANILA, Philippines - More female Filipinos drink alcoholic beverages than Filipino males, and there are more married Filipinos who consume alcohol than those who are single.
Based on the Radio Veritas "Truth Survey" conducted during the second quarter of 2012, 57% of married Filipinos consumed alcohol; among respondents who were single at the time of the survey, the result was 43%.
The survey also found that female alcoholic beverage drinkers were at 54% compared to 48% for males.
Based on age range, majority of drinkers came from the 19 to 25 range with at least 25.55%. The 29 to 35 age range comprised at least 14.38%.
Interestingly, the youngest drinker documented by the survey was 13 years old.
In terms of preferred beverage, the top 3 choices were: (1) San Miguel; (2) Red Horse; and (3) Tanduay.
The Truth Survey was issued by Radio Veritas, the Manila archdiocese-run radio station.
The survey sought to understand the alcohol consumption of Filipinos and covered 2,500 respondents from 85 archdioceses and dioceses across 17 regions.
Radio Veritas explained that the respondents were chosen on the basis of stratified random sampling, with a +/- 2% margin of error.
Based on frequency of drinking, the survey revealed that almost 21% of Filipinos are regular alcoholic beverage drinkers.
At least 79% of the respondents drink alcoholic beverages only during special occasions, 11% drink alcohol on a weekly basis, 6% on a monthly basis and 4% on a daily basis.
Luzon, meanwhile, cornered the largest group of drinkers at 58.9%, Visayas at 21.5% and Mindanao at 19.6%.
Not surprisingly, the National Capital Region cornered 17%, Region 4A at 15% and Region 7 at 8%. They were the top 3 regions with the most alcoholic beverage consumption.
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) scored the lowest at 2%.