When it comes to alcohol and marijuana consumption, Americans clearly agree on one thing: The younger you are, the more likely you are to have recently enjoyed either substance. Beyond alcohol being much more popular, the chart below reveals other interesting trends. For the average American, alcohol consumption is fairly steady from their early twenties all the way through their late forties. Marijuana consumption, on the other hand, decreases in a straight line from an early-twenties peak.
The data visualized in the chart is from 2012, so it’ll be interesting to see in the coming years and decades how marijuana consumption changes due to the increasing usage of medical marijuana among senior citizens, along with recreational legalization.