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QuickStats: Percentage of Asian Adults* Who Reported Moderate or Heavier Drinking, by Asian Subpopulation --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2004--2006§

Percentage of Asian Adults* Who Reported Moderate or Heavier Drinking,

* Non-Hispanic Asians aged >18 years.

Respondents who had at least 12 drinks in their lifetime and more than three drinks per week, up to 14 drinks per week (on average) for men, and more than three drinks per week up to seven drinks per week (on average) for women were moderate drinkers. Adults who had at least 12 drinks in their lifetime and more than 14 drinks per week (on average) for men and more than seven drinks per week (on average) for women were heavier drinkers.

§ Estimates are age adjusted using the projected 2000 U.S. population as the standard population and using four age groups: 18--24 years, 25--44 years, 45--64 years, and >65 years. Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey sample adult component. Data were combined from three years of surveys to increase reliability of estimates in smaller subpopulations.

95% confidence interval.

** Includes Chinese, Filipino, Asian Indian, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean subpopulations; also includes Other Asian and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander subpopulations, which are not shown separately because of small sample sizes.

†† Among persons who reported a single Asian subpopulation.

During 2004--2006, Asian adults had the lowest percentage of current moderate or heavier drinkers (9%), when compared with whites (22%), American Indian/Alaska Natives (15%), Hispanics (13%), and blacks (12%). However, the percentage of moderate or heavier drinkers varied substantially among Asian subpopulations: Japanese (14%), Korean (10%), Filipino (9%), Chinese (7%), Vietnamese (6%), and Asian Indian (6%).

SOURCE: Barnes PM, Adams PF, Powell-Griner E. Health characteristics of the Asian adult population: United States, 2004--2006. Adv Data 2008;394. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad394.pdf.

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Date last reviewed: 4/16/2008

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