1996 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse:  Preliminary Results

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70617 (32B)              PRELIMINARY DATA - AS OF JUNE 1997 

Table 30. Percentages Reporting Past Month Alcohol Use, Past Month "Binge" Alcohol Use, and Past Month Heavy Alcohol Use, by Detailed AgeCategories: 1995 and 1996


LEVEL OF ALCOHOL USE IN PAST MONTH


Any Alcohol Use

"Binge" Alcohol Use

Heavy Alcohol Use

Age Group

1995

1996

1995

1996

1995

1996

Total

52.2

51.0

15.8

15.5

5.5

5.4








12-17 Years Old

21.1a

18.8

7.9

7.2

2.8

2.9

12-13

8.4b

5.1

1.6

1.0

0.4

0.5

14-15

21.3

19.1

7.8

5.7

2.8

2.3

16-17

34.1

31.2

14.7

14.6

5.3

6.0








18-25 Years Old

61.3

60.0

29.9

32.0

12.0

12.9

18-20

52.1

50.1

27.6

28.4

11.8

12.7

21-25

66.5

66.0

31.2

34.2

12.1

13.0








26-34 Years Old

63.0

61.6

24.0

22.8

7.9

7.1

26-29

64.9

62.3

27.1a

23.6

9.3

7.4

30-34

61.7

61.2

21.8

22.2

6.9

6.8








35 Years and Older

52.6

51.7

11.8

11.3

3.9

3.8

35-39

63.3

58.8

19.4

19.9

6.3

6.3

40-44

61.1

59.0

17.7

17.7

5.0

6.0

45-49

54.8

57.1

13.3

11.1

6.1

4.7

>50

46.0

45.8

7.2

6.7

2.2

2.1

*Low precision; no estimate reported.

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.

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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