National Household Survey on Drug Abuse
of Alcohol Use (Table 7.6)
Table 7.6 indicates that approximately
7% of those aged 12 or older represented in this table17
were daily or almost daily drinkers: That is, they consumed alcohol on
20 or more days in the past month. Males were more likely than females
to drink daily or almost daily in the past month. Daily alcohol use was
more than twice as likely among adults older than 34 years compared with
those aged 18 to 25; a small percentage of youths aged 12 to 17 (only 0.8%)
reported daily or almost daily drinking. Daily drinking was more than twice
as prevalent among whites as among either blacks or Hispanics, whose frequencies
of drinking were about equal. Daily drinking was more prevalent in large
metropolitan than in nonmetropolitan areas. Rates of drinking 20 to 30
days and 5 to 19 days did not differ across regions. With regard to adult
education, the lowest rate of daily drinking occurred among persons who
had not completed high school, and college graduates were two to three
times more likely to use alcohol daily or almost daily.
17 Past month alcohol users who left
the question on number of days they drank during the past 30 days blank
were excluded from Table 7.6. Thus, the actual unweighted n's in
Table 7.6 are smaller than those that appear in Table 1.1 because of nonresponse
to the question on days of use.
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