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Volume 4: No. 4, October 2007

ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Binge Drinking and Occupation, North Dakota, 2004–2005

Occupation Percentage who binge drink
Farm or ranch employee 45.3
Food or drink server 33.4
Farm or ranch owner 32.5
Manufacturing 28.0
Other occupation 26.4
Wholesale or retail sales 23.8
Other government employee 21.5
Financial sales 18.6
State government employee 17.6
Health care 13.2
All North Dakota workers 24.1

Figure 1. Prevalence of binge drinking by occupation, North Dakota, 2004–2005. Binge drinking was defined as having consumed five or more drinks on one or more occasions during the previous 30 days.

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Occupation Percentage who binge drink frequently
Farm or ranch owner 53.9
Food or drink server 53.2
Farm or ranch employee 49.7
Manufacturing 42.3
Other government employee 37.6
Other occupation 34.8
State government employee 33.7
Wholesale or retail sales 31.8
Financial sales 28.0
Health care 18.8
All North Dakota workers 37.6

Figure 2. Prevalence of frequent binge drinking by occupation among workers who reported binge drinking, North Dakota, 2004–2005. Binge drinking was defined as having consumed five or more drinks on one or more occasions during the previous 30 days. Frequent binge drinking was defined as binge drinking on three or more occasions during the previous 30 days.

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