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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentages* of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Are Current Regular Drinkers of Alcohol, by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin§ — National Health Interview Survey, 2016


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In 2016, men aged ≥18 years were more likely than women to be current regular drinkers of alcohol (62.1% versus 47.2%). Non-Hispanic white men (65.5%) were more likely to be current regular drinkers than Hispanic men (57.8%) and non-Hispanic black men (52.9%). Non-Hispanic white women (55.6%) were more likely to be current regular drinkers than non-Hispanic black women (35.9%) and Hispanic women (31.5%).

* With 95% confidence intervals indicated with error bars.

Current regular drinkers are defined as having had at least 12 drinks in the past year. This is derived from the following questions: “In any one year, have you had at least 12 drinks of any type of alcoholic beverage?”;“In your entire life, have you had at least 12 drinks of any type of alcoholic beverage?”; and “In the past year, how often did you drink any type of alcoholic beverage?”

§ Categories shown are for Hispanic adults, who may be of any race or combination of races, and non-Hispanic adults who selected one racial group. Not all race groups are shown. Total bars are based on all adults aged ≥18 years.

Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population, are shown for sample adults aged ≥18 years, and are age-adjusted using the projected 2000 U.S. population as the standard population and using four age groups: 18–44, 45–64, 65–74, and ≥75 years.

In 2016, men aged ≥18 years were more likely than women to be current regular drinkers of alcohol (62.1% versus 47.2%). Non-Hispanic white men (65.5%) were more likely to be current regular drinkers than Hispanic men (57.8%) and non-Hispanic black men (52.9%). Non-Hispanic white women (55.6%) were more likely to be current regular drinkers than non-Hispanic black women (35.9%) and Hispanic women (31.5%).

Source: Tables of summary health statistics for US adults, National Health Interview Survey, 2016. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/SHS/tables.htm.


Reported by: Debra L. Blackwell, PhD, DBlackwell@cdc.gov, 301-458-4103; Maria A. Villarroel, PhD.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentages of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Are Current Regular Drinkers of Alcohol, by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin — National Health Interview Survey, 2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:315. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6710a8.

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