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Drinking Patterns


 
WHAT IS
YOUR DRINKING
PATTERN?
HOW COMMON
IS THIS
PATTERN?
HOW COMMON
ARE ALCOHOL
DISORDERS WITH
THIS PATTERN?
 

Based on the following limits—
number of drinks:

On any DAY—Never more than 4
(men) or 3 (women)
– and –
In a typical WEEK—No more than 14
(men) or 7 (women)

Percentage of U.S.
adults aged 18 or older*

Combined prevalence
of alcohol abuse
and dependence

Never exceed the daily
o
r weekly limits

(2 out of 3 people in this group abstain
or drink fewer than 12 drinks a year)

Pie chart representing 72%

72%

fewer than
1 in 100

Exceed only the daily limit
(More than 8 out of 10 in this group
exceed the daily limit less than
once a week
)

Pie chart representing 16%

16%

1 in 5

Exceed both daily and weekly limits
(8 out of 10 in this group exceed the
daily limit once a week or more)

Pie chart representing 10%

10%

almost
1 in 2



* Not included in the chart, for simplicity, are the 2 percent of U.S. adults who exceed only the weekly limits. The combined prevalence of alcohol use disorders in this group is 8 percent.

Source: 2001–2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC), a nationwide NIAAA survey of 43,093 U.S. adults aged 18 or older.

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