Table 4-2. Population (in 1,000s) of current drinkers1 ages 18 years and older, by sex and age group, according to selected respondent characteristics, United States, 2001–2002.

Respondent characteristics

Both sexes/
ages 18 and older

Sex

Age group

Estimate

S.E.

Male

Female

18–24 years

25–44 years

45–64 years

65 years and older

Estimate

S.E.

Estimate

S.E.

Estimate

S.E.

Estimate

S.E.

Estimate

S.E.

Estimate

S.E.

Total

136,035

10,570

71,547

5,609

64,488

5,025

19,127

1,458

60,179

4,920

41,509

3,203

15,220

1,193

Race/Ethnicity

                           

White, Not Hispanic or Latino

102,434

7,406

52,618

3,814

49,816

3,652

12,901

906

42,657

3,214

33,481

2,453

13,395

1,044

Black, Not Hispanic or Latino

12,245

1,390

6,303

690

5,942

723

2,189

251

6,099

703

3,324

421

633

87

American Indian/Alaska Native, Not Hispanic or Latino

2,568

206

1,376

138

1,192

113

337

54

1,203

128

800

91

228

34

Asian/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Not Hispanic or Latino

4,387

748

2,692

500

1,695

283

849

181

2,212

352

1,037

213

#289

96

Hispanic or Latino

14,400

2,149

8,557

1,318

5,844

850

2,851

410

8,008

1,249

2,867

440

675

114

Marital Status

                           

Married

79,408

5,981

43,036

3,294

36,372

2,758

2,833

232

37,079

2,939

29,654

2,248

9,842

765

Living with someone as if married

5,519

489

2,901

295

2,618

242

1,225

120

3,240

330

957

113

96

26

Widowed

5,154

423

1,231

117

3,923

334

0

0

277

45

1,359

133

3,517

302

Divorced

12,626

960

5,820

451

6,806

542

170

33

5,305

396

6,050

508

1,100

114

Separated

2,837

265

1,240

138

1,597

158

221

41

1,607

170

874

99

135

26

Never married

30,492

2,788

17,319

1,603

13,173

1,222

14,678

1,195

12,670

1,317

2,613

290

530

71

Ever Had Children

                           

Yes

95,039

7,086

48,040

3,625

46,999

3,534

3,906

304

41,400

3,194

35,922

2,716

13,811

1,069

No

40,996

3,604

23,507

2,070

17,489

1,567

15,221

1,213

18,779

1,819

5,587

531

1,409

156

Children Ages Under 13 Living in Household

                           

Yes

42,558

3,391

20,819

1,706

21,740

1,748

4,701

389

31,526

2,515

5,950

564

382

81

No

93,476

7,278

50,728

3,988

42,749

3,344

14,427

1,140

28,653

2,484

35,559

2,691

14,837

1,160

Education

                           

11 years or less

15,082

1,342

9,261

831

5,821

561

2,923

260

5,649

593

3,886

385

2,624

238

12 years

37,121

2,583

19,516

1,355

17,604

1,283

6,043

460

15,157

1,091

10,821

784

5,100

418

13–15 years

44,420

3,357

21,720

1,727

22,700

1,687

8,300

666

19,570

1,572

12,634

984

3,916

322

16 or more years

39,412

3,650

21,050

1,983

18,363

1,705

1,862

223

19,804

1,939

14,168

1,284

3,579

332

Currently Employed Full Time

                           

Yes

82,049

6,505

49,484

3,958

32,565

2,608

9,395

745

44,388

3,621

27,219

2,175

1,047

127

No

53,986

4,132

22,063

1,711

31,923

2,481

9,732

774

15,791

1,361

14,290

1,080

14,172

1,109

Family Annual Income

                           

$0 to $19,999

25,706

1,991

12,188

1,040

13,519

1,027

7,847

571

8,310

760

5,268

442

4,280

374

$20,000 to $34,999

25,539

1,816

13,580

1,010

11,959

857

3,982

335

11,240

864

6,048

438

4,269

338

$35,000 to $59,999

35,070

2,610

18,760

1,372

16,310

1,284

3,750

338

16,602

1,307

10,836

783

3,883

328

$60,000 or more

49,719

4,466

27,019

2,491

22,701

2,035

3,548

378

24,028

2,215

19,356

1,729

2,788

278

Current/Most Recent Occupation

                           

Executive, administrative, and managerial

19,451

1,777

10,662

1,008

8,788

817

1,177

144

9,409

919

7,550

703

1,315

127

Professional specialty

22,943

1,944

9,938

900

13,005

1,091

1,743

184

11,864

1,045

8,058

704

1,278

134

Technical and related support

10,763

933

6,921

628

3,841

342

1,274

134

5,565

511

3,390

339

533

69

Sales

11,743

976

5,561

505

6,182

515

3,095

262

4,993

491

2,943

269

712

82

Administrative support, including clerical

10,547

834

1,896

226

8,651

653

1,851

211

4,445

376

3,316

287

936

97

Private household

842

100

#125

39

717

90

168

34

327

62

272

47

75

22

Protective services

1,899

201

1,555

177

344

55

213

41

1,071

128

486

78

129

29

Other services, except protective and household

15,348

1,182

6,951

594

8,398

635

4,029

329

6,603

569

3,860

328

856

86

Farming, forestry, and fishing

2,170

166

1,769

141

400

58

348

66

725

85

841

92

255

37

Precision production, craft, and repair

5,043

402

4,576

374

466

58

547

78

2,660

237

1,515

162

319

46

Operators, fabricators, and laborers

9,323

705

7,495

583

1,829

175

1,791

174

4,632

396

2,421

227

479

62

Transportation and material moving

3,676

310

3,153

265

523

70

369

64

1,849

173

1,232

129

226

39

Handlers, equipment cleaners, and laborers

3,991

352

3,280

303

711

85

881

105

1,950

201

960

110

200

40

Military

1,172

167

950

148

221

38

291

55

585

94

260

65

#36

14

Born in the United States

                           

Yes

119,682

8,681

61,544

4,427

58,139

4,307

16,925

1,210

51,588

3,920

37,269

2,709

13,901

1,044

No

16,353

2,495

10,003

1,586

6,350

950

2,203

341

8,591

1,306

4,240

715

1,319

222

Family Structure Before Age 18

                           

Both biological/adoptive parents in the household

97,942

7,650

52,053

4,116

45,889

3,595

11,255

878

40,635

3,392

33,300

2,571

12,753

993

Only biological mother in the household (father never present)

12,307

1,090

6,297

571

6,010

552

2,505

230

6,174

586

2,790

274

837

98

Biological/adoptive parents divorced or no longer
living together

24,144

1,825

12,307

950

11,837

926

5,218

428

12,633

982

4,939

407

1,354

140

Raised by relatives, by foster parents or in an
institution

1,642

193

889

126

753

91

149

32

738

103

479

72

276

50

Self-Perceived Current Health

                           

Excellent/Very good

90,571

7,310

47,649

3,890

42,922

3,477

14,047

1,097

43,919

3,743

25,658

2,085

6,947

574

Good

30,877

2,308

16,102

1,235

14,775

1,123

4,040

351

11,641

918

10,089

789

5,107

423

Fair/Poor

14,308

1,070

7,615

588

6,693

522

1,004

108

4,480

368

5,676

439

3,148

282

Currently Covered by Health Insurance

                           

Yes

111,205

8,676

57,000

4,464

54,204

4,263

12,396

965

48,119

3,927

35,631

2,797

15,058

1,181

No

24,830

2,066

14,546

1,278

10,284

853

6,731

565

12,060

1,092

5,877

487

161

33

Smoked Any Cigarettes in the Past Year

                           

Yes

39,517

2,802

21,970

1,603

17,547

1,259

7,637

565

18,907

1,393

11,003

818

1,970

172

No

96,518

7,856

49,576

4,075

46,942

3,832

11,490

943

41,272

3,597

30,505

2,451

13,250

1,060

Smoked 100 or More Cigarettes in Life

                           

Yes

66,885

4,891

37,388

2,746

29,497

2,210

8,412

607

25,978

1,986

23,241

1,760

9,253

701

No

69,150

5,774

34,159

2,934

34,991

2,890

10,715

904

34,201

3,006

18,268

1,501

5,966

527

Any Depression in the Past Year

                           

Yes

10,285

724

3,586

290

6,699

491

2,418

203

4,764

378

2,714

217

389

52

No

125,750

9,907

67,961

5,374

57,789

4,596

16,709

1,310

55,416

4,592

38,795

3,039

14,830

1,165

Any Depression in Life

                           

Yes

24,415

1,761

8,835

681

15,580

1,127

3,754

298

11,277

858

7,989

601

1,396

134

No

111,620

8,888

62,711

4,986

48,908

3,962

15,374

1,222

48,902

4,115

33,520

2,664

13,824

1,085

Alcohol Use Disorder in the Past Year

                           

Alcohol use disorder

17,580

1,275

12,303

891

5,277

434

4,965

384

8,620

669

3,505

299

490

65

Alcohol abuse

9,668

728

6,906

525

2,762

249

1,818

166

5,155

414

2,286

221

410

61

Alcohol dependence

7,912

617

5,397

427

2,515

231

3,147

271

3,465

312

1,220

128

80

20

No alcohol use disorder

118,455

9,385

59,244

4,790

59,212

4,657

14,162

1,133

51,560

4,323

38,004

2,966

14,730

1,155

Average Drinking Level in the Past Year2

                           

Light drinker

84,243

6,671

36,636

3,019

47,607

3,728

10,956

855

37,635

3,140

25,869

2,055

9,782

787

Moderate drinker

29,034

2,320

21,237

1,726

7,798

641

4,047

368

13,145

1,123

8,689

701

3,153

280

Heavier drinker

21,333

1,591

12,760

926

8,573

715

3,906

306

8,817

723

6,493

520

2,118

187

5+ Drinks for Men or 4+ Drinks for Women in a Single Day

                           

Never in the past year

86,100

7,035

40,387

3,378

45,713

3,720

8,048

703

34,271

2,995

30,195

2,441

13,586

1,089

1 to 11 times in the past year

19,999

1,535

10,909

899

9,090

695

3,389

286

11,386

928

4,632

378

592

69

12 or more times in the past year

29,127

2,077

19,730

1,412

9,397

719

7,596

572

14,220

1,096

6,386

479

925

99

Exceeding Daily and Weekly Drinking Limits in the< Past Year3

                           

Did not exceed drinking limits

76,598

6,189

36,104

3,006

40,494

3,252

7,359

628

30,493

2,639

26,762

2,142

11,984

967

Exceeded daily drinking limits only

37,198

2,851

22,175

1,766

15,024

1,140

7,763

614

20,531

1,654

7,934

626

971

97

Exceeded weekly or both daily and weekly drinking limits

21,333

1,591

12,760

926

8,573

715

3,906

306

8,817

723

6,493

520

2,118

187

Drinking Enough to Feel Drunk

                           

Never in the past year

85,564

6,842

41,806

3,389

43,758

3,508

7,224

637

33,975

2,938

30,938

2,418

13,428

1,041

1 to 11 times in the past year

35,293

2,702

19,390

1,529

15,903

1,231

6,835

542

19,429

1,526

7,987

660

1,041

120

12 or more times in the past year

14,219

1,104

9,733

755

4,485

389

4,931

406

6,385

551

2,255

208

648

76

Driving After Drinking 3 or More Drinks

                           

Never in the past year

113,427

8,967

54,967

4,434

58,460

4,607

15,182

1,206

48,482

4,063

35,628

2,789

14,135

1,109

1 or 2 times in the past year

9,656

799

6,615

568

3,041

270

1,903

182

4,961

461

2,438

226

354

51

3 or more times in the past year

12,004

901

9,295

709

2,709

235

1,935

178

6,260

508

3,166

266

642

87

Getting into Situation that Could Be Harmful

                           

Never in the past year

132,198

10,317

68,587

5,424

63,611

4,958

17,462

1,354

58,400

4,799

41,127

3,178

15,208

1,192

At least once in the past year

3,837

321

2,960

253

877

110

1,665

175

1,779

177

381

58

#12

7

Age Started Drinking

                           

14 years or younger

9,746

780

6,160

506

3,585

321

1,802

175

5,129

436

2,195

203

619

80

15 to 17 years

34,889

2,569

20,904

1,557

13,985

1,072

7,530

568

17,366

1,362

7,769

602

2,225

193

18 to 20 years

49,545

3,939

27,522

2,211

22,023

1,779

7,261

596

20,767

1,736

16,348

1,348

5,170

424

21 years or older

39,420

3,270

15,771

1,388

23,650

1,929

2,366

231

16,097

1,519

14,352

1,131

6,606

545

Family History of Alcoholism

                           

None

60,729

5,282

34,606

3,045

26,122

2,290

8,196

706

25,975

2,418

18,010

1,551

8,549

748

2nd degree relatives only

27,771

2,048

14,667

1,095

13,104

1,003

5,243

417

13,332

1,057

7,421

591

1,775

154

1st degree relatives only

17,141

1,316

8,730

686

8,411

676

1,484

144

6,343

559

6,439

505

2,875

242

Both 1st and 2nd degree relatives

30,394

2,216

13,544

1,010

16,850

1,271

4,205

336

14,530

1,098

9,639

749

2,020

181

Overall Alcoholic Beverage Preference in the Past Year

                           

Coolers

7,361

541

1,701

168

5,660

429

1,949

165

3,718

329

1,491

128

203

35

Beer

48,210

3,499

36,068

2,681

12,142

878

7,042

548

24,453

1,894

13,119

952

3,595

271

Wine

22,229

2,119

6,159

664

16,070

1,506

918

131

7,126

751

9,454

890

4,730

451

Liquor

11,345

877

4,991

424

6,353

499

1,491

143

3,940

337

3,750

332

2,165

189

No preference

46,890

3,848

22,628

1,928

24,263

1,961

7,727

640

20,942

1,836

13,695

1,135

4,526

388

Any Parent Alcoholic

                           

Yes

31,350

2,341

14,229

1,087

17,122

1,313

4,858

396

14,748

1,143

9,876

768

1,868

177

No

104,685

8,318

57,318

4,605

47,367

3,782

14,269

1,116

45,432

3,840

31,633

2,493

13,351

1,056

Married to Alcoholic/Lived with Alcoholic as< Married

                           

Yes

14,244

1,038

3,424

287

10,820

806

613

73

6,654

486

5,658

460

1,319

130

No

121,791

9,627

68,122

5,389

53,669

4,302

18,514

1,424

53,525

4,518

35,851

2,795

13,901

1,100

Any Alcohol Treatment in the Past Year

                           

Yes

1,689

155

1,224

125

466

61

366

52

885

101

391

58

#47

15

No

134,346

10,465

70,323

5,531

64,023

4,998

18,762

1,437

59,294

4,866

41,118

3,176

15,172

1,190

Any Alcohol Treatment in Life

                           

Yes

5,900

462

4,317

357

1,583

145

773

91

3,046

253

1,847

180

234

41

No

130,134

10,180

67,229

5,310

62,905

4,933

18,354

1,409

57,133

4,732

39,662

3,072

14,985

1,174

#Relative standard error >0.3.

1Current drinker: 1 or more drinks in the past year.

2Light drinker: 3 or fewer drinks per week on average. Moderate drinker: on average more than 3 drinks and up to 7 drinks per week for women and more than 3 drinks and up to 14 drinks per week for men. Heavier drinker: on average more than 1 drink per day for women and more than 2 drinks per day for men.

3Exceeding daily drinking limit: 5+ drinks forsp;occasions or the usual or largest ethanol intake of any beverage type greater than 4.5 drinks for men and greater than 3.5 drinks for women. Exceeding weekly drinking limit: on average more than 14 drinks per week for men and more than 7 drinks per week for women.


SOURCE: NIAAA 2001–2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions.

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