The Average American Drinks 45 Gallons of Soda a Year

We're doomed. Banished to obesity. According to Beverage Marketing Corporation, the average American drinks 44.7 gallons of soda every year. That's about 487 cans or 286 bottles or 85 2-liters of that carbonated syrup every year. How are we alive?

The numbers, 2010 per capita beverage consumption in the US, are just insane. I know a lot of people who never touch the stuff and even more people who've cut back tremendously. Where is all this soda consumption coming from? Which mad man is making up for miss healthy vegan's zero soda drinking by double or even triple fisting at lunch time? Can people legitimately drink that much soda? Could you?

44.7 gallons would weigh about 375 pounds. People, you're pumping yourself with that stuff! I used to love soda as much as the next guy but those needless calories and extra sugar eventually catches up with you. On a good note, the number is falling. On a bad note, the number is still numero uno in the standings. What I also can't believe: how disappointing our national beer consumption is! 20.8 gallons is like three pints every week. Weak. Check out the full infographic over at AdAge. [AdAge]