Friday, November 29, 2013

Americans and Alcohol

Do you drink?  Are you in the majority or minority?

Well, according to a poll Gallup does annually, the majority of Americans adults -60% in fact- say they drink some type of alcoholic beverage.  Most drinkers say they have consumed at least one alcoholic beverage in the past week with beverage choices evenly split between beer and wine.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducts a survey of typical high school students nationally every two years.  This Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) finds that in 2011 71% of high school students reported they had consumed at least one alcoholic drink and one in five reports binge drinking (5 or more alcoholic beverages in a row).

The CDC conducts a similar survey of health behaviors among adults called the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS).  The 2012 BRFSS finds that 55% of American adults have consumed an alcoholic drink in the past 30 days.   Seventeen percent (17%) of adults report binge drinking, and 6% report being heavy drinkers (2 alcoholic beverages a day for men and 1 alcoholic beverage a day for women).

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