Statistics concerning Alcohol Consumption

Below are some statistics about general trends of alcohol consumption in the United States as reported by NIAAA’s Laboratory of Epidemiology and Biometry

How frequently did American adults (ages 18 and over) drink in the past year?

(Source: Wave 2 NESARC, conducted by NIAAA’s Laboratory of Epidemiology and Biometry)

 

Percentage who drank:                                            Women           Men

  • Daily                                                                  2.45%             5.78%
  • Nearly every day                                             2.39%             4.98%
  • 3-4 times a week                                             5.55%             10.00%
  • 2 times a week                                                 5.82%             10.46%
  • Once a week                                                     6.77%             10.33%
  • 2-3 times a month                                          8.27%             9.55%
  • Once a month                                                  7.19%             6.72%
  • 7-11 times in the past year                            4.44%             3.51%
  • 3-6 times in the past year                             9.26%             5.67%
  • 1-2 times in the past year                              8.73%             4.91%
  • Never in the past year                                    39.13%          28.09%

 

How many American adults (ages 18 and over) drank in the past year and how much did they drink?

(Source: Wave 1 NESARC, conducted by NIAAA’s Laboratory of Epidemiology and Biometry)

 

  • Percentage who had at least one drink
    59.6% (women)             71.8% (men)
  • Percentage who have never drank –lifetime abstainers
    22.5%  (women)           11.6% (men)
  • Percentage of binge drinkers – drinkers who consumed 4+/5+ (women/men) drinks within 2 hours at least once
    28.8% (women)             43.1% (men)

 

How many drinks did drinkers usually consume on a drinking day?

  •             1 drink – 48.2% (women)         28.7% (men)
  •             2 drinks – 29.9% (women)          29.0% (men)
  •             3 drinks – 21.9% (women)        42.3% (men)

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