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2014 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Alcohol Consumption

One drink is equivalent to a 12 ounce beer, a 5 ounce glass of wine, or a drink with one shot of liquor.
During the past 30 days, on the days when you drank, about how many drinks did you drink on the average?*

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  Total
Respond.^
Only one Two Three Four Five or more
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 2,922 1,340 39.3 37.3-41.4 883 30.7 28.7-32.7 330 13.6 12.1-15.3 139 5.5 4.5- 6.6 230 10.9 9.5-12.6
GENDER
Male 1,502 509 29.0 26.5-31.7 486 30.7 28.0-33.5 231 17.7 15.4-20.3 97 6.9 5.4- 8.7 179 15.7 13.4-18.3
Female 1,420 831 52.5 49.4-55.7 397 30.7 27.8-33.7 99 8.3 6.7-10.3 42 3.7 2.6- 5.2 51 4.8 3.5- 6.5
RACE/ETHNICITY
Non-Hispanic White 2,196 1,061 41.7 39.3-44.2 682 31.4 29.1-33.8 225 12.8 11.1-14.8 90 4.9 3.9- 6.2 138 9.2 7.7-11.0
Non-Hispanic Black 408 161 33.1 28.2-38.4 128 33.2 28.0-38.8 57 15.5 11.8-20.1 27 7.2 4.6-11.2 35 11.0 7.6-15.7
Non-Hispanic Am Indian 41 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Other 83 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Hispanic 165 46 23.1 16.7-31.0 30 18.6 12.6-26.5 30 18.7 12.5-27.0 15 9.3 5.3-15.8 44 30.4 22.5-39.6
AGE
18-34 620 190 27.4 23.8-31.4 178 29.7 25.7-33.9 99 17.2 14.0-20.9 45 6.9 5.0- 9.4 108 18.8 15.5-22.6
35-44 481 189 37.5 32.8-42.4 157 31.1 26.7-35.8 65 14.6 11.3-18.6 28 6.5 4.2-10.0 42 10.4 7.4-14.3
45-54 483 211 40.4 35.7-45.4 155 33.6 29.0-38.5 61 13.8 10.6-17.8 24 4.9 3.1- 7.5 32 7.3 5.0-10.8
55-64 600 278 45.6 41.2-50.1 208 34.8 30.7-39.2 58 9.7 7.3-12.8 27 4.8 3.1- 7.3 29 5.0 3.4- 7.5
65-74 461 280 60.1 55.0-65.0 124 25.9 21.8-30.5 34 9.3 6.5-13.0 *** *** *** 13 3.0 1.6- 5.5
75+ 256 181 69.9 63.0-76.0 57 21.9 16.8-28.0 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 179 50 23.8 17.7-31.3 35 17.5 12.3-24.3 32 18.4 12.4-26.4 20 13.9 8.7-21.5 42 26.3 19.3-34.8
H.S. or G.E.D. 575 223 32.1 27.9-36.5 161 31.4 26.9-36.3 79 14.2 11.2-17.8 41 7.9 5.6-11.0 71 14.5 11.2-18.6
Some Post-H.S. 795 358 39.3 35.5-43.3 230 30.1 26.5-34.0 111 16.1 13.2-19.5 30 3.9 2.6- 5.9 66 10.5 8.1-13.6
College Graduate 1,368 707 47.9 44.9-51.0 455 34.1 31.3-37.1 108 9.6 7.8-11.7 48 3.4 2.5- 4.7 50 5.0 3.6- 6.8
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 191 70 31.6 24.6-39.6 48 25.2 18.7-33.0 33 19.3 13.5-26.9 *** *** *** 30 18.2 12.0-26.7
$15,000- 24,999 363 139 30.2 25.0-35.9 82 25.9 20.7-32.0 61 16.6 12.6-21.5 27 8.5 5.5-12.9 54 18.8 14.1-24.7
$25,000- 34,999 236 114 41.3 34.3-48.8 48 21.9 16.1-29.1 31 14.7 10.2-20.7 15 7.7 4.3-13.3 28 14.3 9.7-20.7
$35,000- 49,999 372 198 45.2 39.1-51.3 98 29.2 23.7-35.4 32 11.2 7.6-16.0 17 3.8 2.1- 6.8 27 10.7 7.0-16.0
$50,000-74,999 400 178 36.3 31.0-41.9 137 34.4 28.9-40.3 44 15.5 11.1-21.1 21 6.0 3.7- 9.8 20 7.8 4.9-12.0
$75,000+ 924 417 40.9 37.3-44.7 343 37.0 33.4-40.7 92 11.7 9.3-14.6 33 3.8 2.6- 5.7 39 6.6 4.5- 9.4
DISABILITY STATUS
Yes 593 307 44.0 39.2-48.8 150 27.1 22.8-31.8 59 14.3 10.7-18.9 31 6.1 4.1- 9.1 46 8.5 6.0-12.0
No 2,315 1,025 38.3 36.1-40.7 731 31.5 29.3-33.8 270 13.5 11.9-15.3 106 5.2 4.2- 6.5 183 11.4 9.8-13.3
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 498 189 32.6 27.9-37.6 164 30.3 25.8-35.2 71 17.2 13.5-21.8 30 7.5 4.9-11.2 44 12.4 9.0-17.0
Non-Veteran 2,422 1,150 40.6 38.4-42.9 719 30.8 28.6-33.0 259 12.9 11.3-14.8 109 5.1 4.1- 6.3 185 10.6 9.0-12.4
RURAL COUNTY RESIDENT
Yes 1,520 686 39.3 36.4-42.3 447 29.2 26.5-32.0 175 13.6 11.6-15.9 72 5.5 4.2- 7.2 140 12.4 10.4-14.8
No 1,402 654 39.3 36.4-42.3 436 32.3 29.4-35.3 155 13.6 11.4-16.2 67 5.5 4.2- 7.2 90 9.3 7.4-11.7

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*This question was asked only of respondents who reported drinking at least one drink in the last month.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to changes in the weighting methodology and other factors, results from 2014 are NOT comparable to 2010
and earlier years.

***The estimate was suppressed because it did not meet statistical reliability standards. See BRFSS 2014 Annual Results Technical Notes for more details.

^Use caution in interpreting cell sizes less than 50, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

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