Table 2.

Comparison of daily fluid intake by American adults of both genders before and after 8 × 8

BeverageBefore 8 × 8
1977–78
After 8 × 8
1994–96, 1998
Water674841
Coffee396378
Tea152171
Soft drinks179371
Alcohol70139
Milk and milk drinks165142
Juices60146
Total (ml)1,6962,188
  • Values are in ml. Because the categorization of beverages was not identical in the 2 surveys (29, 90), several of the amounts listed represent best estimates. Before values are from Ershow and Cantor (29; Table 52, p. 92.) After values are from US Department of Agriculture, 2000 (90).