(HealthDay News) — A new survey of American adults across 18 states finds 17% drinking at least one sugary soda per day, with rates varying widely across states. These findings were published in the August 15 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The survey results also indicated high levels of sweetened fruit drink consumption, with close to 12% of adults downing at least one serving daily.

To find out where soda and fruit drink consumption is the highest, the researchers looked at 2012 data from a major U.S. government health survey. The data concentrated on more than 113,000 adult residents in 18 states across the United States.

The researchers found that about one in every four people aged 18–34 drank one or more sodas per day, compared to just 10% of people age ≥55. Men were more likely to drink sodas each day than women, at 21 vs. 13.5%. And while 21% of blacks and almost 23% of Hispanics drank a soda or more each day, that number fell to below 16% for whites. In addition, while about 12% of people in New York state or Hawaii downed one or more non-diet sodas each day, that number jumped to 30 and 32% in Tennessee and Mississippi, respectively.

“States and health departments can support persons deciding to reduce their regular soda and fruit drink consumption through activities that educate and inform consumers about beverage options and that help worksites and other community venues increase access to healthful beverages,” write the authors of the report.

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