Heavy Alcohol Use, by Age Group, Race/Ethnicity, and Sex: 1985-1997

Demographic
characteristics
1985
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
Total
8.3%
6.3%
6.8%
6.2%
6.7%
6.2%
5.5%
5.4%
5.4%
Age group
12–17
9.5
4.4
6.0
3.4
3.4
2.5
2.8
2.9
3.1
18–25
13.8
14.9
15.2
15.1
14.0
13.2
12.0
12.9
11.1
26–34
11.5
8.2
7.9
8.5
8.5
8.0
7.9
7.1
7.5
>=35
5.2
3.7
4.4
3.9
5.0
4.8
3.9
3.8
4.0
Race/Ethnicity
White
9.1
6.7
7.2
6.8
7.5
6.4
5.7
5.5
5.7
Black
3.5
4.1
4.3
3.5
3.3
4.8
4.6
5.3
3.8
Hispanic
7.1
5.9
6.8
6.3
6.0
7.3
6.3
7.2
6.3
Other
3.3
2.2
1.9
4.7
2.4
2.1
2.3
Sex
Male
13.8
10.8
10.8
10.1
11.9
10.3
9.4
13.8
8.9
Female
3.2
2.1
3.1
2.7
1.9
2.5
2.0
1.9
2.1

NOTE: Heavy alcohol use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion on each of five or more days in the past 30 days.

Source: U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse.

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