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2016 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Alcohol Consumption

Considering all types of alcoholic beverages, how many times during the past 30 days did you have
[5 or more drinks for men or 4 or more drinks for women] on an occasion?*

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  Total
Respond.^
None Once Twice 3-7 times 8-30 times
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 2,851 2,082 69.9 67.7-72.0 263 10.2 8.8-11.7 159 6.4 5.4- 7.6 237 8.9 7.7-10.3 110 4.6 3.7- 5.7
GENDER
Male 1,506 1,033 66.1 63.1-69.0 153 11.0 9.1-13.1 92 6.5 5.1- 8.2 143 9.9 8.2-12.0 85 6.5 5.1- 8.3
Female 1,345 1,049 74.5 71.4-77.4 110 9.2 7.3-11.6 67 6.3 4.8- 8.1 94 7.8 6.1- 9.8 25 2.2 1.3- 3.8
RACE/ETHNICITY
Non-Hispanic White 2,069 1,536 70.8 68.2-73.2 189 10.3 8.8-12.2 104 6.1 4.9- 7.5 156 8.1 6.8- 9.7 84 4.7 3.6- 6.1
Non-Hispanic Black 433 312 70.5 65.0-75.4 33 7.6 5.2-11.0 33 8.3 5.7-11.9 41 9.4 6.6-13.2 14 4.3 2.2- 8.1
Non-Hispanic Am Indian 29 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Other 107 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Hispanic 185 109 56.8 48.4-64.8 27 14.0 9.2-20.9 16 8.7 5.1-14.7 27 16.6 11.2-24.1 *** *** ***
AGE
18-34 738 418 55.1 50.8-59.3 104 14.6 11.7-18.1 71 9.4 7.3-12.0 93 13.1 10.4-16.3 52 7.8 5.7-10.7
35-44 452 312 71.3 66.4-75.8 50 11.0 8.0-14.8 25 5.2 3.3- 8.2 50 9.5 7.0-12.8 15 3.0 1.7- 5.2
45-54 485 367 75.3 70.5-79.6 46 9.2 6.6-12.6 21 5.1 3.1- 8.4 34 7.0 4.7-10.1 17 3.4 1.9- 6.1
55-64 546 425 77.4 73.0-81.4 38 6.7 4.6- 9.6 24 5.6 3.6- 8.6 42 7.1 5.0-10.1 17 3.2 1.9- 5.4
65-74 445 389 88.3 84.4-91.3 21 4.1 2.5- 6.7 12 2.2 1.2- 4.1 14 2.8 1.5- 5.3 *** *** ***
75+ 163 153 93.8 87.6-97.0 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 187 116 61.0 52.0-69.4 19 11.8 6.5-20.6 13 7.7 4.1-13.8 29 14.9 9.9-21.8 *** *** ***
H.S. or G.E.D. 619 403 62.2 57.4-66.7 61 11.8 8.8-15.5 52 8.0 5.9-10.8 65 11.4 8.5-15.0 38 6.7 4.7- 9.4
Some Post-H.S. 816 601 70.8 66.8-74.5 69 9.5 7.3-12.4 46 6.4 4.6- 8.8 62 7.8 5.8-10.3 38 5.5 3.7- 8.1
College Graduate 1,228 960 76.5 73.6-79.2 114 9.3 7.6-11.4 48 5.0 3.6- 6.7 82 6.9 5.4- 8.8 24 2.3 1.4- 3.6
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 158 96 59.4 50.0-68.2 21 13.6 8.3-21.6 14 8.5 4.9-14.6 17 11.3 6.6-18.7 *** *** ***
$15,000- 24,999 367 242 63.7 57.3-69.7 37 13.1 8.6-19.4 30 7.7 5.1-11.4 38 10.2 7.2-14.3 20 5.3 3.3- 8.5
$25,000- 34,999 248 170 62.1 54.1-69.4 25 9.6 6.2-14.6 17 7.4 4.4-12.2 27 15.9 10.3-23.7 *** *** ***
$35,000- 49,999 379 269 65.7 59.4-71.6 37 10.8 7.3-15.8 20 7.6 4.6-12.3 36 10.0 6.9-14.2 17 5.9 3.3-10.2
$50,000-74,999 419 321 73.7 68.0-78.7 30 8.3 5.4-12.7 22 6.3 4.0- 9.8 29 6.8 4.3-10.6 17 4.8 2.7- 8.4
$75,000+ 930 712 74.5 71.0-77.8 88 10.1 8.0-12.7 36 4.6 3.2- 6.7 66 7.3 5.6- 9.6 28 3.5 2.2- 5.4
DISABILITY STATUS1
Yes 521 393 71.9 66.3-76.8 44 11.6 8.1-16.5 36 7.8 5.4-11.1 30 5.2 3.2- 8.1 18 3.6 1.8- 6.9
No 1,898 1,401 71.3 68.6-73.8 171 9.6 8.0-11.5 97 5.9 4.7- 7.3 159 8.9 7.4-10.6 70 4.4 3.3- 5.9
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY1
Yes 620 445 69.3 64.3-73.9 56 11.0 7.7-15.4 40 7.2 5.0-10.2 45 5.9 4.2- 8.4 34 6.5 4.4- 9.6
No 2,220 1,627 70.0 67.6-72.3 206 10.0 8.5-11.7 119 6.2 5.1- 7.6 192 9.6 8.2-11.3 76 4.1 3.1- 5.4
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 470 346 72.8 67.6-77.5 39 7.8 5.3-11.5 28 6.4 4.1-10.0 35 8.0 5.5-11.5 22 4.9 3.1- 7.7
Non-Veteran 2,382 1,736 69.4 67.0-71.6 224 10.6 9.1-12.3 131 6.4 5.3- 7.7 203 9.1 7.8-10.7 88 4.5 3.5- 5.8
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT2
Urban 987 714 70.2 66.7-73.5 98 10.1 8.1-12.7 55 6.0 4.5- 8.0 87 9.6 7.6-12.0 33 4.0 2.7- 5.9
Regional City or Suburban County 635 465 70.2 65.8-74.4 50 8.2 6.0-11.3 43 8.6 6.2-11.7 56 8.9 6.7-11.8 21 4.0 2.3- 7.0
Rural 1,231 904 69.3 65.7-72.6 115 11.4 9.1-14.2 61 5.5 4.1- 7.4 95 8.2 6.3-10.6 56 5.6 4.1- 7.6
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 1,803 1,249 66.7 64.0-69.3 191 11.2 9.5-13.2 116 7.3 6.0- 8.9 166 9.4 7.9-11.2 81 5.3 4.1- 6.9
Unemployed 113 79 68.7 57.7-77.9 *** *** *** *** *** *** 12 11.0 5.6-20.5 *** *** ***
Retired 583 515 88.0 84.3-90.8 21 3.6 2.2- 5.9 13 2.4 1.3- 4.4 21 3.7 2.1- 6.2 13 2.3 1.3- 4.3
Unable to Work 145 104 74.3 63.4-82.9 16 14.7 7.6-26.3 *** *** *** 13 6.2 3.2-11.9 *** *** ***
Other not in Labor Force 200 132 65.2 57.3-72.4 27 11.9 7.8-17.7 *** *** *** 24 14.0 9.1-20.9 *** *** ***
POVERTY LEVEL3
Less than 50% 67 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 176 103 54.1 44.7-63.1 22 17.5 10.3-28.2 17 8.4 4.8-14.1 23 14.4 9.3-21.6 11 5.7 3.0-10.5
101% to 150% 347 230 67.3 61.0-73.0 37 9.2 6.3-13.3 26 6.1 3.9- 9.4 37 12.4 8.4-17.9 17 5.0 3.0- 8.2
151% to 200% 169 118 66.3 57.0-74.5 17 11.2 6.6-18.5 14 9.0 5.2-15.3 13 8.0 3.9-15.8 *** *** ***
More than 200% 1,713 1,295 72.2 69.5-74.8 151 9.7 8.1-11.7 75 5.7 4.4- 7.3 129 7.8 6.4- 9.5 63 4.5 3.4- 6.1
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER4
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 445 326 68.0 61.3-74.0 41 12.8 8.7-18.6 16 3.0 1.7- 5.3 39 9.5 6.1-14.5 23 6.7 3.9-11.3
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 895 641 68.1 64.1-71.9 84 10.2 7.8-13.2 54 7.5 5.5-10.2 75 8.8 6.7-11.4 41 5.4 3.8- 7.6
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 1,513 1,116 71.1 68.2-73.7 138 9.7 8.0-11.7 89 6.5 5.2- 8.1 124 8.9 7.4-10.8 46 3.8 2.7- 5.3

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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 2016 are NOT comparable to 2010
and earlier years.

***The estimate was suppressed because it did not meet statistical reliability standards. See BRFSS 2016 Annual Results Technical Notes for more details.

1Disability Status will be replaced by Functional Disability in 2017. Please see the BRFSS 2016 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

2Based on the North Carolina Rural Centerís classification. Please see the BRFSS 2016 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

3Based on 2016 U.S Census Bureau poverty threshold incomes. Please see the BRFSS 2016 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

4NC Dept. of Commerce County Tier Classification, based on respondentís county of residence.
Please see the BRFSS 2016 Annual Results Technical Notes for 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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