National Household Survey on Drug Abuse
Use, by Age Group, Population Density, and Region (Tables
7.1 to 7.3)
Overall, rates of past year and past month
alcohol use were higher in large and small metropolitan areas compared
with the rates in nonmetropolitan areas. But when rates of use among persons
in each age group were compared, two patterns emerged. Among youths and
young adults, rates of use in large and small metropolitan areas were not
different from each other or from those for nonmetropolitan areas. For
the category of oldest adults, however, the prevalence of alcohol use for
the past year and past month was significantly lower in the nonmetropolitan
areas; this pattern also was exhibited by past month users among middle
adults aged 26 to 34.
Overall, residents of the South reported
significantly lower rates of past year and past month alcohol use than
those residing in the Northeast or North Central regions. Among youths,
past year use in the North Central region was more prevalent than in either
the Northeast or the South. For persons aged 18 or older, rates of past
year and past month alcohol use were generally highest among residents
of the North Central region.
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