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Published: Sep 6, 2016
Survey reveals beer drinkers get chatted up more at bars
by Toshiba Reynolds


It's a Friday night and if you are out at a bar, chances are you are there hoping to meet someone nice to have a conversation with. So how do you pick the lucky one who gets to possibly spend the rest of the evening with you?

Elementary my dear.

You can tell everything you need to know about someone (or at least enough to know if you want to chat them up) by what the order at the bar. And, that's not just my opinion but one that is now backed up by data.

Budweiser launched the Budweiser 'Beerpressions' National Survey—a first-of-its-kind study about how beverage choices influence first impressions and perceptions of approachability.

Based on a representative survey of 2,000 Americans (ages 21+) conducted by Learndipity Data Insights, Budweiser asked respondents to match common bar drinks with the perceived personality traits of the people ordering them.

So what does your drink of choice say about you?

A.  DRINK-SPECIFIC RESULTS:
 
Drink Choice #1:  Domestic Beer (Budweiser)
*  Both women (70%) and men (59%) who drink domestic beer (such as Budweiser) are perceived as more approachable.
 
Drink Choice #2:  Imported Beer
*  Imported beer also has a positive effect for both women (36%) and men (29%), but not nearly as strong as a domestic beer like Budweiser.
 
Drink Choice #3:  Wine
For wine drinkers, women (23%) and men (18%) have lower overall approachability perception rates.
 
Drink Choice #4:  Margarita
*  A margarita is the highest-ranking cocktail for approachability (38% for women and 28% for men), but still ranks significantly lower than domestic beer.
 
B.  THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT "YOU ARE WHAT YOU DRINK"
 
61% of Americans believe that "what a person drinks at a bar gives significant clues about their personality"—with 1 out of 3 often "making quick judgments" about strangers based on this information.
 
C.  BOTH MEN + WOMEN COMMUNICATE VIA THEIR DRINKS—ESPECIALLY AT WORK EVENTS OR ON DATES
 
While 20% of Americans will actively consider how their drink order will be perceived by others while out with friends, nearly twice as many think strategically about their drink choices at a work event (39%) or on a date (34%).

So it could in theory benefit you to order a Bud next time. It could be the best way to break the ice.

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