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QuickStats: Average Percentage of Daily Calories from Alcoholic Beverages* Among Adults Aged ≥20 Years, by Age Group — National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2007–2010

The figure shows the average percentage of daily calories from alcoholic beverages among adults aged ≥20 years, by age group in the United States, during 2007–2010. During 2007–2010, on average, 4.7% of the daily calories consumed by U.S. adults aged ≥20 years came from alcoholic beverages. The percentage of daily calories from alcohol ranged from 6.5% for men aged 20–39 years to 2.1% for women aged ≥60 years. Across age groups, the percentage of calories from alcohol was higher among men; among both men and women, the percentage declined with age.

* Alcoholic beverages include beer, wine, liquor, and mixed drinks (cocktails). Data on consumption are based on in-person, 24-hour dietary recall interviews.

95% confidence interval.

During 2007–2010, on average, 4.7% of the daily calories consumed by U.S. adults aged ≥20 years came from alcoholic beverages. The percentage of daily calories from alcohol ranged from 6.5% for men aged 20–39 years to 2.1% for women aged ≥60 years. Across age groups, the percentage of calories from alcohol was higher among men; among both men and women, the percentage declined with age. 

Sources: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007–2010. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm.

Nielsen SJ, Kit BK, Fakhouri T, Ogden CL. Calories consumed from alcoholic beverages by U.S. adults, 2007–2010. NCHS data brief, no. 110. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2012. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db110.htm.

Reported by:  Samara Joy Nielsen, PhD, snielsen@cdc.gov, 301-458-4193.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the average percentage of daily calories from alcoholic beverages among adults aged ≥20 years, by age group in the United States, during 2007–2010. During 2007–2010, on average, 4.7% of the daily calories consumed by U.S. adults aged ≥20 years came from alcoholic beverages. The percentage of daily calories from alcohol ranged from 6.5% for men aged 20–39 years to 2.1% for women aged ≥60 years. Across age groups, the percentage of calories from alcohol was higher among men; among both men and women, the percentage declined with age.



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