The number of U.S. adults drinking alcohol is at the highest rate in 25 years, according to a new Gallup Poll.

The latest Gallup poll shows 67 percent of American adults drink alcohol, which is the highest percentage since 1985.

Since 1939 when the Gallup started tracking this trend during the end of the Great Depression, all-time high was 71 percent from 1976 to 1978.

In 1958, Gallup recorded the lowest percentage, with only 55 percent of Americans identifying themselves as drinkers.

Most popular alcoholic beverage among men and young drinkers is beer and wine is favoured by women and older Americans. Liquor is the least popular among drinkers.

The Gallup indicates that one of the most “significant predictors” of whether a person drinks, has to do with church attendance. People who seldom or never attend church are “substantially more likely” to say they drink than people who go to church on a regular basis.

The polling site reports that there is unlikely a correlation between the economy and rising alcohol intake. "Despite some anecdotal reports of a surge in drinking accompanying the economic recession…Gallup's annual update on alcohol consumption finds little change in Americans' drinking habits."

The survey involved telephone interviews between July 8 through 11 with 1020 American adults 18 and older. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus four percents.