WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- Per capita consumption of soda dropped more than 20 percent in the past 12 years in the United States, a non-profit advocacy group says.
Using data from Beverage Marketing Corp., the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington calculated that per capita consumption of sugary drinks peaked in 1998, when soda companies produced 638 8-ounce servings of non-diet soft drinks per person, but by 2009, it dropped to 543 8-ounce servings.
"The recognition that soda pop promotes weight gain and disease is gaining traction, contributing to the steady decline in soda consumption," Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says in a statement.
"Ten years from now, it would be great to see that Americans are drinking a can and a half a week, instead of a can and a half a day."
Jacobson attributes the drop in drinking sugary drinks to obesity concerns, low-carbohydrate diets and school bans on soft-drink machines in schools.