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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged >18 Years Who Consumed Five or More Alcoholic Drinks in 1 Day at Least Once in the Preceding Year,* by Sex and Age Group --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2007

Overall, 20.4% of adults aged >18 years had five or more alcoholic drinks in 1 day at least once in the preceding year. For both men and women, the percentage decreased with age. In all four age groups, men were substantially more likely than women to have had five or more drinks in 1 day at least once in the preceding year.

* Based on responses to the following questions: "In your entire life, have you had at least 12 drinks of any type of alcoholic beverage?" and if "yes," "In the past year, on how many days did you have five or more drinks of any alcoholic beverage?"

Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized U.S. population.

§ 95% confidence interval.

Overall, 20.4% of adults aged >18 years had five or more alcoholic drinks in 1 day at least once in the preceding year. For both men and women, the percentage decreased with age. In all four age groups, men were substantially more likely than women to have had five or more drinks in 1 day at least once in the preceding year.

SOURCE: Heyman KM, Schiller JS, Barnes P. Early release of selected estimates based on data from the 2007 National Health Interview Survey. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhis/released200806.htm.

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Date last reviewed: 12/10/2008

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