Prevalence of Lifetime Alcohol Use by Age and Gender

The graph depicts prevalence of lifetime alcohol use by age and gender. The vertical axis depicts percent of lifetime alcohol consumption in 10 percent increments from zero to 90 percent. The horizontal axis depicts age groups 18 through 24; 25 through 34; 35 through 44; 45 through 55; and 55 years and older. The prevalence rate of lifetime alcohol use among men is highest among those aged 25 to 55 and lowest among the 18 to 24 and 55 or older age groups. Similar trends were found for women, although women reported lower rates of lifetime alcohol use than men across all age groups. The rate of lifetime alcohol use was the lowest among women ages 55 or older. The largest gender difference was noted among the 55 years or older age group, with males drinking more. The smallest gender difference in the rate of alcohol use was found among young adults 18 to 24 years old.

(Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration 1999 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse.)