Table 4-2. Estimated numbers (in 1,000s) of past-year drinkers, 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

171,159

2,509

86,804

1,369

84,355

1,429

23,959

668

65,046

1,071

59,328

1,153

22,825

875

Race/Ethnicity

                           

    White, non-Hispanic

117,308

2,617

58,824

1,362

58,484

1,458

14,141

576

39,999

1,048

43,656

1,158

19,511

854

    Black, non-Hispanic

18,345

870

8,996

457

9,350

459

3,226

198

7,852

418

6,060

337

1,208

109

    American Indian/Alaska Native, non-Hispanic

2,710

223

1,120

105

1,590

170

483

75

1,111

124

952

104

163

39

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

8,425

718

4,722

446

3,702

316

1,414

148

3,941

362

2,458

234

612

140

    Hispanic, any race

24,371

1,090

13,142

625

11,229

524

4,695

252

12,144

582

6,201

338

1,331

125

Marital Status

                           

    Married or cohabiting

99,478

2,029

52,071

1,173

47,406

1,095

5,052

245

40,120

969

40,245

989

14,061

627

    Widowed, separated, or divorced

31,093

745

12,347

344

18,746

552

386

57

8,549

299

14,037

399

8,121

349

    Never married

40,588

850

22,385

580

18,202

509

18,521

595

16,377

448

5,046

218

644

64

Children Under Age 13 Living in Household

                           

    Yes

47,318

1,170

22,083

665

25,235

667

5,889

280

31,721

907

8,924

345

784

108

    No

123,840

1,993

64,721

1,146

59,119

1,123

18,070

672

33,325

714

50,403

989

22,041

827

Education

                           

    Less than high school

17,082

604

9,833

416

7,249

305

2,935

197

6,471

272

5,100

274

2,576

192

    High school graduate or GED

41,271

886

22,492

521

18,779

558

6,983

300

14,042

420

14,415

381

5,831

337

    Some college or higher

112,806

2,378

54,479

1,308

58,327

1,272

14,041

563

44,533

1,008

39,813

1,085

14,419

655

Currently Employed Full Time

                           

    Yes

84,737

1,506

49,095

1,104

35,642

675

7,965

311

41,045

902

33,723

773

2,004

154

    No

86,422

1,731

37,709

868

48,712

1,100

15,994

562

24,001

544

25,605

705

20,822

844

Family Annual Income

                           

    Less than $20,000

34,395

784

16,039

472

18,356

437

9,640

437

11,205

342

9,379

292

4,171

231

    $20,000—$34,999

30,527

628

14,853

408

15,673

402

4,870

227

12,133

345

8,351

308

5,173

298

    $35,000—$69,999

47,005

1,011

24,256

612

22,749

624

5,006

233

19,717

508

15,462

422

6,820

388

    $70,000 or more

59,232

1,769

31,655

1,033

27,576

894

4,444

316

21,991

793

26,136

925

6,661

336

Born in the United States

                           

    Yes

147,496

2,366

73,555

1,270

73,941

1,348

21,565

627

54,103

974

51,188

1,058

20,640

852

    No

23,663

760

13,249

516

10,414

360

2,394

164

10,944

433

8,139

362

2,185

173

Self-Perceived Current Health

                           

    Excellent/Very good

99,079

1,923

50,367

1,147

48,712

1,040

16,440

513

39,979

907

31,256

874

11,403

562

    Good

47,870

896

24,206

535

23,665

529

5,492

285

17,671

489

17,339

422

7,368

342

    Fair/Poor

24,172

680

12,209

494

11,963

347

2,027

146

7,379

303

10,718

421

4,048

229

Currently Covered by Health Insurance

                           

    Yes

141,661

2,404

69,067

1,310

72,595

1,375

18,020

581

50,526

975

50,603

1,143

22,511

872

    No

29,497

836

17,737

507

11,760

434

5,939

291

14,520

443

8,724

328

314

56

Urbanicity

                           

    Urban

137,174

2,984

69,379

1,560

67,794

1,618

20,419

714

53,889

1,260

45,493

1,173

17,373

684

    Rural

33,985

2,501

17,425

1,222

16,560

1,326

3,540

320

11,158

893

13,835

1,046

5,452

537

Census Region

                           

    Northeast

33,120

1,201

16,429

715

16,692

642

4,362

293

11,805

572

11,834

489

5,119

368

    Midwest

38,689

1,130

19,540

686

19,149

628

5,514

390

13,955

467

14,003

573

5,217

320

    South

59,516

1,474

30,345

778

29,171

801

8,323

402

23,368

680

20,465

564

7,360

582

    West

39,833

1,911

20,490

842

19,343

1,147

5,761

283

15,918

573

13,025

903

5,129

503

Average drinking level in the past year among past-year
drinkers

                           

    Moderate

137,573

2,119

67,768

1,177

69,805

1,250

18,752

539

52,577

905

48,731

1,062

17,513

607

    Exceeded daily and/or weekly low-risk drinking limits

91,748

1,613

51,503

926

40,245

900

16,453

606

40,333

803

26,839

656

8,123

462

Frequency of drinking 5+ drinks for males under age 65 or 4+
drinks for males ages 65 and older and females in a single day
in the past year among past-year drinkers

                           

    Never

92,314

1,722

40,991

963

51,323

1,015

8,480

305

28,634

607

37,307

913

17,892

673

    At least yearly but less than monthly

34,259

864

18,034

538

16,224

508

5,741

287

16,560

485

9,791

381

2,168

179

    Monthly but less than weekly

17,724

491

10,196

347

7,527

306

4,318

258

8,190

303

4,235

211

981

101

    Weekly or more often

26,269

680

17,343

471

8,926

341

5,334

305

11,402

346

7,826

283

1,707

171

Frequency of drinking 8+ drinks in a single day in the past year
among past-year drinkers

                           

    Never

135,377

2,167

60,395

1,141

74,982

1,308

15,541

450

46,916

798

50,906

1,055

22,015

843

    At least yearly but less than monthly

18,079

507

12,774

390

5,306

246

4,117

234

9,704

359

3,900

182

358

57

    Monthly but less than weekly

7,707

328

5,871

264

1,836

150

2,018

171

3,814

218

1,656

159

220

52

    Weekly or more often

9,567

396

7,500

335

2,067

150

2,149

188

4,406

234

2,804

185

208

46

Frequency of drinking 12+ drinks in a single day in the past year
among past-year drinkers

                           

    Never

151,638

2,324

71,041

1,245

80,596

1,393

19,139

537

55,264

913

54,735

1,139

22,500

862

    At least yearly but less than monthly

9,998

398

8,089

333

1,909

144

2,600

192

5,133

231

2,123

165

141

38

    Monthly but less than weekly

4,396

235

3,512

214

884

86

1,303

134

2,089

153

912

83

#91

34

    Weekly or more often

4,852

236

3,961

208

891

79

865

108

2,423

171

1,495

114

69

21

Alcoholic beverage preference in the past year among past-year
drinkers

                           

    Coolers

6,617

274

1,220

110

5,396

247

1,302

123

3,003

151

1,983

139

328

64

    Beer

48,743

997

36,386

806

12,357

395

6,551

289

20,435

575

17,172

420

4,585

284

    Wine

31,906

835

8,110

371

23,796

668

1,575

135

8,642

292

13,369

514

8,321

373

    Liquor

19,928

452

9,126

286

10,802

313

3,647

217

7,195

268

6,460

240

2,625

177

    No preference

63,965

1,340

31,962

800

32,003

802

10,883

431

25,772

604

20,343

569

6,967

390

Age at first drink among past-year drinkers

                           

    14 years or younger

16,355

510

10,037

373

6,318

268

2,072

149

6,951

287

6,061

316

1,271

121

    15—17 years

49,610

1,004

28,639

605

20,971

613

8,899

390

18,851

459

17,676

582

4,184

237

    18—20 years

57,094

1,220

29,715

718

27,379

677

9,105

322

19,351

551

20,206

539

8,432

452

    21 years or older

46,763

802

17,822

460

28,940

589

3,804

168

19,617

427

14,822

388

8,519

387

Family history of alcoholism among past-year drinkers

                           

    None

57,189

895

31,671

692

25,518

468

8,732

366

20,297

433

19,298

494

8,862

381

    2nd-degree relatives only

38,787

920

20,141

568

18,645

514

6,577

273

17,195

505

11,238

387

3,777

255

    1st-degree relatives only

21,956

558

10,933

348

11,023

378

2,012

164

6,033

251

9,583

321

4,328

254

    Both 1st- and 2nd-degree relatives

53,227

1,137

24,059

572

29,169

761

6,638

293

21,523

529

19,208

586

5,858

357

Alcohol-related harmful experience in the past year among
past-year drinkers

                           

    Got into potentially harmful situation while drinking or after drinking

6,765

303

4,657

265

2,108

130

2,727

194

2,979

195

1,021

117

    More than once drove a vehicle while drinking

13,496

491

9,272

364

4,224

229

2,324

183

6,126

271

4,217

214

828

103

    More than once drove a vehicle after having too much to drink

9,267

360

6,298

259

2,968

180

1,797

133

4,299

215

2,830

181

341

70

    Had a vehicle accident while intoxicated

1,439

118

970

103

469

62

369

63

680

67

367

60

    Had an non-vehicle accident with injury while intoxicated

2,946

184

1,567

117

1,379

127

1,161

112

1,168

108

524

73

DSM-5 alcohol use disorders in the past year among past-year
drinkers

                           

    None

138,511

2,247

66,833

1,251

71,678

1,252

15,540

454

50,051

948

51,065

1,026

21,854

836

    Any

32,648

790

19,971

494

12,677

450

8,419

384

14,995

456

8,262

292

971

97

      Mild

17,125

500

10,264

344

6,861

303

4,084

236

7,946

294

4,341

222

754

92

      Moderate

7,604

300

4,602

233

3,002

174

2,041

172

3,464

185

1,958

145

142

42

      Severe

7,919

286

5,105

206

2,814

163

2,294

176

3,586

198

1,964

142

#75

23

Receiving any alcohol treatment in the past year among
past-year drinkers with DSM-5 alcohol use disorder

                           

    No

30,141

771

18,345

485

11,796

435

7,974

359

13,814

436

7,401

274

952

98

    Yes

2,507

149

1,626

124

881

73

445

84

1,181

102

861

80

Fewer than 10 respondents.

#Relative standard error > 0.3.


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

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