1996 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse:  Preliminary Results

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70617 (48B)            PRELIMINARY DATA - AS OF JUNE 1997 

Table 24.Percentages Reporting Past Month "Binge" Alcohol Use, by Age Group and Demographic Characteristics: 1995 and 1996


AGE GROUP (Years)



12-17

18-25

26-34

35 and Older

Total

Demographic

Characteristic

1995

1996

1995

1996

1995

1996

1995

1996

1995

1996












TOTAL

7.9

7.2

29.9

32.0

24.0

22.8

11.8

11.3

15.8

15.5












RACE/

ETHNICITY











White

8.9

8.0

34.2

37.0

26.7

25.4

11.9

11.1

16.6

16.1

Black

3.0

3.7

15.7

18.8

15.7

16.5

10.5

12.8

11.2

13.1

Hispanic

7.4

8.3

22.7

24.7

21.4

20.1

16.1

14.5

17.2

16.7

Other

8.7

3.0

27.0

18.6

10.3

6.6

*

5.5

9.7

7.5












SEX











Male

9.4

8.7

41.2

43.7

35.5

33.6

18.9

17.7

23.8

22.8

Female

6.2

5.6

18.9

20.6

13.0

12.4

5.5

5.8

8.5

8.7












POPULATION

DENSITY1











Large Metro

6.8

6.5

30.2

30.4

24.3

23.3

12.8

11.2

16.6

15.5

Small Metro

6.8

8.1

29.2a

34.4

25.9

23.6

11.6

11.6

15.9

16.0

Nonmetro

10.8b

7.0

30.3

31.3

20.6

20.3

10.2

11.2

14.3

14.6












REGION











Northeast

7.1

6.4

30.5

30.4

22.3

21.1

9.3

9.4

13.8

13.3

North Central

8.8

6.7

35.6

39.9

29.1

29.4

16.0

14.7

19.9

19.4

South

7.8

7.5

28.0

31.7

23.3

21.0

9.7

9.8

14.1

14.2

West

7.5

7.7

26.8

25.9

21.8

20.0

13.1

11.9

16.1

15.0












ADULT

EDUCATION2











<High School

N/A

N/A

27.3

30.2

27.0

24.8

9.6

8.8

14.9

14.5

High School Grad

N/A

N/A

27.8

29.3

24.0

23.5

13.1

12.0

17.2

16.5

Some College

N/A

N/A

32.8

33.0

22.3

21.5

13.5

11.9

19.4

18.0

College Graduate

N/A

N/A

32.0

39.1

24.1

22.0

10.4

12.0

15.2

16.5












CURRENT

EMPLOYMENT2











Full-time

N/A

N/A

34.9

37.9

27.4

26.1

16.2

15.9

21.5

21.3

Part-time

N/A

N/A

23.5a

28.7

16.4

17.6

11.1

6.1

15.5

14.6

Unemployed

N/A

N/A

32.8

35.3

27.9

29.6

23.4

20.3

27.2

26.6

Other3

N/A

N/A

24.5

21.3

13.2a

9.5

5.5

6.4

8.1

8.1

*Low precision; no estimate reported.

N/A: Not applicable.

NOTE:"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.

1Population density is based on 1990 MSA classifications and their 1990 Census of Population counts.

2Data on adult education and current employment not shown for persons aged 12-17. Estimates for both adult education and current employment are for persons aged > 18.

3Retired, disabled, homemaker, student, or "other."

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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