If you are among the 61% of Americans planning to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, you'll likely do so with a libation or four as St. Patrick's Day is among the holidays that see the highest levels of alcohol consumption, according to Alcohol.org.

The National Retail Federation reported that 41% of Americans over the age of 18 will spend money on beverages during St. Pat's, while 18% plan to celebrate at a bar or restaurant. The retail trade group also reported that a larger number of older Americans (35 years old and older) are celebrating the holiday than they had in the past as well.

The average American consumes 4.2 drinks on the holiday, just behind the average of 4.5 drinks consumed by revelers during Mardi Gras (the holiday with the highest level of alcohol consumption). Around 32% of men and 20% of women say they binge drink on St. Patrick's Day, which is the holiday most men associated with drinking, Alcohol.org reported.

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Steve Hallo

Steve Hallo is managing editor of PropertyCasualty360.com. He can be reached at [email protected]