Table 1-1. Percent distribution of drinking status1  in the past year, by sex, age group, and selected respondent characteristics, United States, 2012–2013.

Respondent characteristics


Both sexes

Sex

Age (years)

Male

Female

18—24

25—44

45—64

65+

Estimate

S.E.

Estimate

S.E.

Estimate

S.E.

Estimate

S.E.

Estimate

S.E.

Estimate

S.E.

Estimate

S.E.

Total

                           

         Past-year drinker

72.71

0.63

76.67

0.61

69.03

0.76

77.99

0.78

80.43

0.64

71.95

0.81

55.20

1.21

         Former drinker

16.21

0.36

15.45

0.44

16.91

0.41

5.65

0.40

10.72

0.39

19.23

0.58

28.74

0.78

         Lifetime abstainer

11.09

0.44

7.88

0.38

14.06

0.58

16.36

0.71

8.85

0.46

8.82

0.49

16.06

0.93

Race/Ethnicity

                           

    White, non-Hispanic

                           

         Past-year drinker

75.29

0.81

77.93

0.79

72.81

0.98

82.16

1.09

83.93

0.79

75.51

1.07

58.89

1.37

         Former drinker

16.52

0.45

15.89

0.57

17.12

0.50

5.29

0.59

10.25

0.57

18.71

0.73

27.57

0.85

         Lifetime abstainer

8.19

0.54

6.18

0.44

10.08

0.73

12.55

0.91

5.83

0.49

5.78

0.60

13.54

1.06

    Black, non-Hispanic

                           

         Past-year drinker

66.10

1.14

72.14

1.24

61.18

1.39

69.19

2.02

77.02

1.31

63.20

1.54

36.53

2.14

         Former drinker

17.53

0.62

15.68

0.86

19.03

0.75

6.48

0.89

11.32

0.67

21.96

1.02

39.37

2.51

         Lifetime abstainer

16.37

0.98

12.18

0.90

19.79

1.25

24.33

1.86

11.66

1.14

14.84

1.16

24.10

2.05

    American Indian/Alaska Native, non-Hispanic

                           

         Past-year drinker

73.87

2.28

75.08

3.28

73.03

2.74

89.68

3.47

85.91

2.28

64.06

4.21

46.65

9.03

         Former drinker

19.57

1.99

19.98

2.75

19.29

2.55

#2.79

2.16

10.27

2.19

31.55

4.03

28.89

7.30

         Lifetime abstainer

6.56

1.08

#4.93

1.65

7.68

1.56

#7.53

2.72

3.82

1.14

#4.39

1.57

24.46

7.34

    Asian/Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic

                           

         Past-year drinker

62.47

1.56

72.56

1.93

53.06

1.94

70.80

2.89

68.78

1.85

59.80

2.57

37.11

4.22

         Former drinker

12.35

1.09

12.74

1.46

11.98

1.23

4.17

1.17

10.68

1.21

13.66

1.90

24.74

3.52

         Lifetime abstainer

25.18

1.23

14.70

1.51

34.96

1.69

25.04

2.86

20.53

1.62

26.53

2.19

38.15

3.21

    Hispanic, any race

                           

         Past-year drinker

70.25

0.75

76.15

0.88

64.41

1.00

74.38

1.45

75.90

0.97

65.53

1.23

45.64

2.43

         Former drinker

14.87

0.60

13.98

0.68

15.76

0.86

6.76

0.84

11.79

0.73

20.14

1.06

32.30

2.53

         Lifetime abstainer

14.88

0.65

9.87

0.76

19.83

0.92

18.87

1.56

12.31

0.79

14.33

0.97

22.06

2.33

Marital Status

                           

    Married or cohabiting

                           

         Past-year drinker

73.08

0.74

76.10

0.73

70.02

0.88

84.09

1.68

79.29

0.77

72.83

0.95

57.96

1.39

         Former drinker

17.06

0.47

17.31

0.54

16.80

0.56

7.18

1.00

11.27

0.52

18.34

0.69

28.66

1.07

         Lifetime abstainer

9.87

0.50

6.59

0.47

13.18

0.62

8.72

1.26

9.44

0.52

8.83

0.59

13.39

0.98

    Widowed, separated, or divorced

                           

         Past-year drinker

67.20

0.88

75.33

1.15

62.74

1.01

88.72

4.49

81.65

1.12

71.37

0.96

51.73

1.49

         Former drinker

21.64

0.63

18.93

0.98

23.13

0.72

#5.45

2.99

11.96

0.94

21.58

0.81

28.62

0.99

         Lifetime abstainer

11.16

0.57

5.74

0.53

14.14

0.77

#5.83

3.09

6.38

0.77

7.05

0.47

19.65

1.18

    Never married

                           

         Past-year drinker

76.56

0.72

78.83

0.81

73.96

1.05

76.28

0.88

82.68

0.88

66.99

1.56

46.24

3.72

         Former drinker

9.28

0.37

8.95

0.54

9.65

0.47

5.28

0.44

8.66

0.50

19.63

1.08

31.66

3.07

         Lifetime abstainer

14.16

0.57

12.22

0.62

16.39

0.86

18.44

0.82

8.66

0.64

13.37

1.06

22.10

3.14

Children Under Age 13 Living in Household

                           

    Yes

                           

         Past-year drinker

74.75

0.71

78.99

0.87

71.39

0.86

72.18

1.39

78.30

0.84

69.17

1.32

45.21

4.40

         Former drinker

13.48

0.44

12.20

0.63

14.50

0.55

8.27

0.90

11.89

0.53

19.14

1.10

33.20

3.78

         Lifetime abstainer

11.77

0.58

8.81

0.67

14.11

0.68

19.55

1.26

9.81

0.56

11.69

0.92

21.59

3.84

    No

                           

         Past-year drinker

71.96

0.70

75.91

0.66

68.07

0.86

80.09

0.89

82.56

0.70

72.46

0.85

55.63

1.17

         Former drinker

17.21

0.41

16.51

0.50

17.89

0.45

4.71

0.48

9.54

0.50

19.25

0.61

28.55

0.74

         Lifetime abstainer

10.84

0.47

7.58

0.37

14.04

0.67

15.21

0.77

7.90

0.52

8.29

0.50

15.82

0.91

Education

                           

    Less than high school

                           

         Past-year drinker

55.77

1.17

64.91

1.34

46.83

1.38

65.27

2.37

70.23

1.42

54.93

1.62

33.74

2.17

         Former drinker

24.96

0.95

23.77

1.21

26.12

1.18

9.52

1.27

14.76

1.04

30.08

1.55

40.13

1.60

         Lifetime abstainer

19.27

0.82

11.33

0.82

27.05

1.33

25.21

2.31

15.01

1.10

14.99

0.97

26.13

1.85

    High school graduate or GED

                           

         Past-year drinker

68.01

0.76

73.95

0.86

62.05

1.09

72.90

1.45

78.03

1.04

68.13

1.07

48.80

1.79

         Former drinker

18.40

0.55

16.87

0.72

19.93

0.67

6.43

0.70

11.92

0.68

21.00

0.89

33.16

1.47

         Lifetime abstainer

13.59

0.60

9.18

0.55

18.02

0.91

20.67

1.29

10.05

0.80

10.87

0.75

18.05

1.31

    Some college or higher

                           

         Past-year drinker

78.28

0.61

80.53

0.70

76.29

0.67

84.35

0.89

82.98

0.70

76.53

0.84

66.23

1.06

         Former drinker

13.42

0.35

12.94

0.48

13.85

0.39

4.16

0.47

9.62

0.41

16.58

0.52

22.33

0.96

         Lifetime abstainer

8.30

0.43

6.52

0.45

9.86

0.49

11.49

0.74

7.40

0.47

6.89

0.56

11.44

0.81

Currently Employed Full Time

                           

    Yes

                           

         Past-year drinker

80.80

0.61

82.51

0.67

78.55

0.76

86.17

1.02

83.67

0.69

77.46

0.84

65.89

2.80

         Former drinker

11.51

0.37

11.02

0.43

12.16

0.53

4.35

0.70

9.00

0.42

15.06

0.60

22.94

2.42

         Lifetime abstainer

7.69

0.42

6.48

0.46

9.29

0.54

9.49

0.82

7.33

0.49

7.48

0.53

11.18

1.68

    No

                           

         Past-year drinker

66.21

0.80

70.21

0.89

63.41

0.95

74.47

1.08

75.43

0.90

65.78

1.13

54.35

1.30

         Former drinker

19.98

0.51

20.35

0.70

19.72

0.56

6.22

0.51

13.36

0.70

23.90

0.92

29.20

0.83

         Lifetime abstainer

13.82

0.54

9.43

0.48

16.88

0.72

19.32

0.96

11.21

0.62

10.32

0.59

16.45

0.99

Family Annual Income

                           

    Less than $20,000

                           

         Past-year drinker

64.08

0.93

70.20

1.10

59.54

1.09

78.32

1.22

75.33

1.05

60.08

1.34

38.32

1.77

         Former drinker

20.33

0.65

18.89

0.91

21.40

0.80

6.20

0.60

13.35

0.83

27.53

1.18

35.52

1.24

         Lifetime abstainer

15.59

0.65

10.91

0.60

19.06

0.90

15.48

1.06

11.31

0.79

12.40

0.89

26.16

1.62

    $20,000—$34,999

                           

         Past-year drinker

68.51

0.83

73.19

1.21

64.59

1.02

76.97

1.72

76.95

1.20

65.59

1.30

53.14

1.76

         Former drinker

18.34

0.60

17.59

0.99

18.97

0.68

6.09

0.80

12.67

0.77

22.14

1.10

30.54

1.35

         Lifetime abstainer

13.15

0.60

9.21

0.70

16.44

0.82

16.93

1.40

10.38

0.77

12.27

0.89

16.32

1.21

    $35,000—$69,999

                           

         Past-year drinker

73.39

0.78

75.66

0.82

71.13

1.09

77.84

1.71

80.44

0.85

71.32

1.16

59.71

1.63

         Former drinker

16.41

0.53

16.57

0.64

16.26

0.70

4.24

0.85

10.94

0.64

20.16

1.01

27.91

1.48

         Lifetime abstainer

10.19

0.55

7.78

0.56

12.62

0.79

17.92

1.53

8.62

0.66

8.53

0.60

12.38

1.16

    $70,000 or more

                           

         Past-year drinker

81.00

0.73

83.28

0.81

78.52

0.89

78.56

2.00

85.49

0.88

80.57

1.00

71.53

1.61

         Former drinker

11.69

0.41

11.28

0.59

12.14

0.56

5.59

1.23

7.79

0.50

13.48

0.68

19.96

1.46

         Lifetime abstainer

7.31

0.53

5.43

0.46

9.34

0.77

15.85

1.86

6.72

0.65

5.94

0.67

8.51

0.98

Born in the United States

                           

    Yes

                           

         Past-year drinker

74.57

0.70

77.65

0.67

71.73

0.86

79.36

0.79

83.78

0.67

73.56

0.90

56.60

1.33

         Former drinker

16.39

0.40

15.63

0.49

17.09

0.43

5.56

0.42

10.11

0.46

19.83

0.64

29.01

0.81

         Lifetime abstainer

9.05

0.48

6.72

0.39

11.18

0.64

15.08

0.73

6.11

0.46

6.61

0.53

14.39

0.99

    No

                           

         Past-year drinker

62.92

0.85

71.69

1.03

54.45

1.11

67.49

2.42

67.15

1.15

63.22

1.41

44.73

2.18

         Former drinker

15.24

0.59

14.51

0.77

15.95

0.77

6.37

1.00

13.14

0.68

15.97

1.04

26.77

1.84

         Lifetime abstainer

21.83

0.71

13.80

0.76

29.59

1.06

26.15

2.19

19.71

0.97

20.80

1.10

28.50

1.91

Self-Perceived Current Health

                           

    Excellent/Very good

                           

         Past-year drinker

77.48

0.62

80.04

0.63

75.00

0.74

77.66

1.01

81.28

0.75

77.64

0.86

66.05

1.37

         Former drinker

12.27

0.37

11.52

0.47

12.99

0.41

5.21

0.49

9.83

0.45

14.79

0.64

22.01

1.00

         Lifetime abstainer

10.25

0.46

8.44

0.41

12.01

0.63

17.13

0.90

8.89

0.54

7.57

0.53

11.94

0.99

    Good

                           

         Past-year drinker

71.63

0.75

77.06

0.89

66.81

0.97

79.01

1.49

80.55

0.80

70.96

1.08

54.56

1.67

         Former drinker

16.94

0.48

16.01

0.67

17.76

0.63

5.62

0.99

10.69

0.60

18.95

0.83

29.27

1.38

         Lifetime abstainer

11.43

0.53

6.93

0.55

15.43

0.77

15.37

1.14

8.76

0.55

10.10

0.70

16.17

1.23

    Fair/Poor

                           

         Past-year drinker

59.48

1.06

64.80

1.20

54.89

1.28

77.87

2.45

75.89

1.43

60.40

1.44

38.31

1.63

         Former drinker

27.40

0.80

27.62

1.14

27.21

0.91

9.40

1.84

15.27

1.12

29.71

1.23

39.13

1.45

         Lifetime abstainer

13.12

0.61

7.58

0.64

17.90

0.90

12.73

1.89

8.84

0.91

9.89

0.74

22.57

1.37

Currently Covered by Health Insurance

                           

    Yes

                           

         Past-year drinker

72.91

0.69

76.63

0.69

69.70

0.81

79.45

0.87

82.03

0.70

72.95

0.88

55.38

1.22

         Former drinker

16.72

0.40

16.26

0.51

17.11

0.42

5.02

0.48

10.26

0.45

19.16

0.63

28.86

0.80

         Lifetime abstainer

10.37

0.48

7.11

0.40

13.19

0.65

15.52

0.80

7.71

0.48

7.89

0.53

15.76

0.92

    No

                           

         Past-year drinker

71.73

0.92

76.85

0.91

65.18

1.33

73.85

1.53

75.30

1.08

66.62

1.45

44.68

5.31

         Former drinker

13.78

0.55

12.25

0.63

15.74

0.86

7.44

0.97

12.18

0.72

19.59

1.08

21.99

4.33

         Lifetime abstainer

14.49

0.67

10.90

0.67

19.09

0.98

18.71

1.22

12.52

0.82

13.79

1.07

33.33

5.44

Urbanicity

                           

    Urban

                           

         Past-year drinker

73.99

0.57

77.59

0.62

70.64

0.65

78.51

0.77

80.76

0.64

72.76

0.75

57.66

1.16

         Former drinker

15.20

0.31

14.52

0.43

15.83

0.36

5.41

0.44

10.07

0.33

18.52

0.49

28.11

0.95

         Lifetime abstainer

10.81

0.45

7.89

0.42

13.53

0.57

16.08

0.71

9.16

0.49

8.72

0.54

14.23

0.85

    Rural

                           

         Past-year drinker

67.93

1.56

73.22

1.29

63.13

2.01

75.10

2.50

78.83

1.54

69.39

1.95

48.58

2.91

         Former drinker

19.94

0.94

18.92

1.00

20.87

1.16

7.01

1.31

13.76

1.27

21.47

1.46

30.45

1.57

         Lifetime abstainer

12.13

0.95

7.86

0.76

16.00

1.29

17.89

2.24

7.41

1.04

9.14

0.92

20.96

2.05

Census Region

                           

    Northeast

                           

         Past-year drinker

77.12

0.92

80.24

0.96

74.28

1.31

81.04

1.98

84.17

1.59

75.62

1.11

64.90

1.78

         Former drinker

14.64

0.58

13.62

0.79

15.57

0.68

4.52

1.13

8.72

0.93

18.00

1.04

25.39

1.66

         Lifetime abstainer

8.24

0.66

6.14

0.58

10.15

1.09

14.44

1.56

7.11

0.84

6.39

0.68

9.70

1.28

    Midwest

                           

         Past-year drinker

76.53

1.00

79.96

1.24

73.31

1.14

82.56

1.47

83.34

1.13

77.37

1.39

57.75

1.89

         Former drinker

15.11

0.80

14.13

1.04

16.02

0.93

4.08

0.69

9.89

0.88

17.32

1.20

28.51

1.73

         Lifetime abstainer

8.37

0.55

5.90

0.57

10.67

0.78

13.36

1.42

6.78

0.74

5.31

0.50

13.74

1.09

    South

                           

         Past-year drinker

68.23

1.13

72.99

1.03

63.89

1.35

73.71

1.45

77.14

0.96

67.92

1.33

47.44

2.42

         Former drinker

17.75

0.73

17.05

0.81

18.39

0.79

6.82

0.74

12.08

0.72

20.95

1.11

30.58

1.25

         Lifetime abstainer

14.02

0.71

9.96

0.63

17.72

0.92

19.47

1.34

10.79

0.77

11.13

0.79

21.98

1.81

West

         Past-year drinker

72.85

1.51

76.67

1.45

69.19

1.72

78.17

1.28

80.35

1.49

70.10

2.14

57.53

2.57

         Former drinker

15.98

0.60

15.54

0.79

16.40

0.62

6.12

0.62

10.76

0.62

19.34

0.98

28.75

1.85

         Lifetime abstainer

11.17

1.23

7.78

1.02

14.41

1.52

15.72

1.25

8.89

1.11

10.57

1.53

13.73

2.05

1Past-year drinker: 1 or more drinks in the past year. Former drinker: at least 1 drink in life, but not in the past year. Lifetime abstainer: never had 1 or more drinks in life.

#Relative standard error > 0.3.


Source: NIAAA National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions III (NESARC-III).

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