1996 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse:  Preliminary Results

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70617 (8B)               PRELIMINARY DATA - AS OF JUNE 1997

Table 9.Percentages Reporting Lifetime, Past Year, and Past Month Use of Illicit Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco in the U.S. Population Aged 26 to 34: 1995 and 1996


TIME PERIOD


Lifetime

Past Year

Past Month

Drug

1995

1996

1995

1996

1995

1996

Any Illicit Drug1

54.8

53.1

14.6

14.6

8.3

8.4








Marijuana and Hashish

51.8

50.5

11.8

11.3

6.7

6.3

Cocaine

21.6

20.9

3.1

3.5

1.2

1.5

Crack

4.2

4.4

0.9

1.1

0.3a

0.5

Inhalants

8.7

8.3

0.5

0.7

0.3

0.3

Hallucinogens

15.2

15.4

1.3

1.1

0.3

0.2

PCP

4.6

4.2

0.1

0.0

0.0

*

LSD

11.7

11.7

0.5

0.5

0.1

0.1

Heroin

1.5

1.3

0.2

0.2

0.1

0.1

Nonmedical Use of Any

Psychotherapeutic2

14.6

13.4

3.9

4.2

1.6

1.9

Stimulants

6.9

6.5

1.2

1.3

0.5

0.4

Sedatives

3.7

2.9

0.3

0.5

0.1

0.2

Tranquilizers

6.0

5.8

1.4

1.6

0.5

0.5

Analgesics

8.6a

7.5

2.6

2.5

0.8

1.1








Any Illicit Drug

Other than Marijuana1

31.4

30.2

6.8

7.2

2.9a

3.6








Alcohol

90.1

90.3

77.0

77.2

63.0

61.6

"Binge" Alcohol Use3

--

--

--

--

24.0

22.8

Heavy Alcohol Use3

--

--

--

--

7.9

7.1








Cigarettes

75.8

73.8

38.4

39.2

34.7

35.0








Smokeless Tobacco

24.0

24.4

6.2

7.2

4.4

4.9

*Low precision; no estimate reported.

-- Not available.

1Any Illicit Drug indicates use at least once of marijuana or hashish, cocaine (including crack), inhalants, hallucinogens (including PCP and LSD), heroin, or any prescription-type psychotherapeutic used nonmedically. Any Illicit Drug Other than Marijuana indicates use at least once of any of these listed drugs, regardless of marijuana use; marijuana users who also have used any of the other listed drugs are included.

2Nonmedical use of any prescription-type stimulant, sedative, tranquilizer, or analgesic; does not include over-the-counter-drugs.

3"Binge" Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion on at least one day in the past 30 days. By "occasion" is meant at the same time or within a couple hours of each other. Heavy Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion on each of five or more days in the past 30 days; all Heavy Alcohol Users are also "Binge" Alcohol Users.

aDifference between 1995 and 1996 is statistically significant at the .05 level.

bDifference between 1995 and 1996 is statistically significant at the .01 level.

Source: SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, 1995 and 1996.

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