Rate per 1,000 population of selected past-year health conditions, by sex, according to average drinking level1 in the past year, among current drinkers,2 United States, NESARC, 2001–2002.

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Average drinking level and health conditions

Both sexes/
ages 18 and older

Sex

Rate

S.E.

Male

Female

Rate

S.E.

Rate

S.E.

Light drinker

 

Hardening of the arteries or arteriosclerosis

11.59

1.04

15.86

1.79

8.31

1.01

High blood pressure or hypertension

157.12

3.90

155.36

5.85

158.47

4.69


Cirrhosis of the liver


1.10


0.32


#1.98


0.67


#0.42


0.23

Any other form of liver disease

4.32

0.61

4.75

0.96

3.99

0.73


Chest pain or angina pectoris


30.29


1.79


32.82


2.67


28.34


2.09

Rapid heart beat or tachycardia

33.22

1.86

27.29

2.46

37.78

2.29

Heart attack or myocardial infarction

5.27

0.61

7.36

1.09

3.66

0.66

Any other form of heart disease

19.78

1.30

23.11

2.06

17.23

1.55


Stomach ulcer


20.47


1.19


17.31


1.72


22.91


1.59

Gastritis

41.26

1.92

32.74

2.72

47.82

2.59

Arthritis

153.28

4.73

124.51

5.72

175.42

5.73

Schizophrenia or psychotic illness

3.26

0.61

#3.10

1.00

3.37

0.68


Any of the above diseases


304.11


6.24


282.03


8.46


321.10


6.89


Moderate drinker

 

Hardening of the arteries or arteriosclerosis

8.75

1.37

9.44

1.71

#6.87

2.41

High blood pressure or hypertension

135.24

5.85

136.23

6.69

132.53

8.90


Cirrhosis of the liver


#1.05


0.59


#0.79


0.64


#1.75


1.30

Any other form of liver disease

#2.26

0.70

#2.36

0.71

#1.97

1.11


Chest pain or angina pectoris


18.95


2.27


18.35


2.38


20.59


4.33

Rapid heart beat or tachycardia

20.41

2.12

16.53

2.25

30.99

4.96

Heart attack or myocardial infarction

#2.37

0.76

#2.85

1.01

#1.04

0.62

Any other form of heart disease

19.18

2.35

20.48

2.72

15.64

3.60


Stomach ulcer


16.54


1.89


16.29


2.32


17.23


3.49

Gastritis

30.82

2.99

27.61

3.30

39.54

5.64

Arthritis

116.20

5.32

104.43

6.39

148.25

9.33

Schizophrenia or psychotic illness

#0.93

0.41

#0.97

0.52

#0.84

0.56


Any of the above diseases


253.45


7.85


246.39


9.43


272.67


12.26


Heavier drinker

 

Hardening of the arteries or arteriosclerosis

10.15

1.83

11.69

2.41

#7.85

2.39

High blood pressure or hypertension

159.97

6.88

173.25

9.48

140.21

10.77


Cirrhosis of the liver


#4.64


1.64


#7.23


2.72


#0.78


0.50

Any other form of liver disease

6.99

1.46

9.20

2.18

#3.70

1.47


Chest pain or angina pectoris


28.98


3.41


31.30


4.62


25.53


5.29

Rapid heart beat or tachycardia

31.86

3.82

31.70

4.55

32.10

6.68

Heart attack or myocardial infarction

6.22

1.46

7.55

2.01

#4.25

2.04

Any other form of heart disease

16.77

2.37

19.22

3.32

13.12

2.89


Stomach ulcer


18.16


2.50


15.49


3.13


22.14


3.68

Gastritis

32.51

3.32

26.25

3.83

41.83

5.98

Arthritis

115.82

6.34

102.43

7.36

135.74

9.90

Schizophrenia or psychotic illness

#5.35

1.64

#6.96

2.60

#2.97

1.24


Any of the above diseases


281.86


9.19


281.91


11.60


281.79


14.25

S.E.: standard error.

#Unreliable estimate with relative standard error > 0.3.

1 Light 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.

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

SOURCE: Alcohol Epidemiologic Data System. Chen, C.M.; Yi, H.; Falk D.E., Stinson, F.S.; Dawson, D.A.; and Grant, B.F. Alcohol Use and Alcohol Use Disorder in the United States: Main Findings from the 2001–2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). U.S. Alcohol Epidemiologic Data Reference Manual, Vol. 8, Number 1. Bethesda, MD: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (January 2006).