2018 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Alcohol Consumption

Moderate Drinking Guidelines*

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  Total
Respond.^
No Drinks Meets Guidelines Exceeded Guidelines
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 4,365 2,336 52.6 50.7-54.4 731 15.8 14.5-17.1 1,298 31.7 30.0-33.4
GENDER
Male 2,015 891 43.5 40.8-46.2 434 19.6 17.6-21.8 690 36.9 34.3-39.5
Female 2,350 1,445 60.8 58.3-63.3 297 12.3 10.8-13.9 608 26.9 24.7-29.3
RACE/ETHNICITY
Non-Hispanic White 2,960 1,491 49.7 47.5-52.0 536 16.6 15.1-18.3 933 33.7 31.6-35.8
Non-Hispanic Black 805 489 56.8 52.5-61.1 120 15.8 12.9-19.1 196 27.4 23.6-31.6
Non-Hispanic Am Indian 82 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Other 151 86 54.2 44.6-63.5 27 20.1 13.5-29.0 38 25.7 18.3-34.7
Hispanic 309 175 58.5 51.6-65.0 29 7.7 4.8-12.2 105 33.8 27.7-40.5
AGE
18-34 926 379 43.1 39.5-46.9 123 13.1 10.8-15.8 424 43.7 40.1-47.5
35-44 568 255 43.8 38.9-48.8 94 15.9 12.8-19.6 219 40.3 35.5-45.3
45-54 698 343 49.9 45.3-54.5 127 18.1 14.9-21.9 228 32.0 27.8-36.5
55-64 771 449 57.7 53.3-62.0 139 18.4 15.3-22.0 183 23.9 20.4-27.7
65-74 812 503 64.0 59.6-68.2 139 16.3 13.4-19.7 170 19.7 16.5-23.3
75+ 516 356 75.1 70.3-79.4 100 14.4 11.4-18.0 60 10.5 7.5-14.5
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 441 326 72.3 66.6-77.3 36 8.7 5.9-12.8 79 19.0 14.7-24.1
H.S. or G.E.D. 1,087 705 61.8 58.2-65.4 134 12.6 10.5-15.2 248 25.5 22.4-29.0
Some Post-H.S. 1,253 686 51.7 48.3-55.1 197 14.9 12.7-17.3 370 33.4 30.2-36.8
College Graduate 1,577 615 35.5 32.8-38.4 363 23.1 20.7-25.7 599 41.4 38.5-44.3
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 354 233 65.6 59.1-71.5 29 9.9 6.5-14.9 92 24.5 19.4-30.4
$15,000- 24,999 634 409 64.5 59.6-69.0 73 11.4 8.7-14.8 152 24.2 20.2-28.7
$25,000- 34,999 389 233 59.1 52.8-65.1 55 13.4 9.7-18.2 101 27.5 22.3-33.4
$35,000- 49,999 516 286 54.0 48.7-59.3 83 14.2 11.1-18.0 147 31.8 26.9-37.0
$50,000-74,999 591 280 46.5 41.4-51.6 104 16.6 13.4-20.5 207 36.9 32.1-41.9
$75,000+ 1,054 333 31.5 28.2-35.1 271 22.9 20.1-26.0 450 45.6 41.9-49.3
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 829 564 68.4 64.2-72.3 116 12.7 10.2-15.7 149 18.9 15.7-22.6
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 1,367 915 65.8 62.4-69.0 177 12.0 10.0-14.3 275 22.2 19.4-25.3
No 2,980 1,411 47.3 45.1-49.5 551 17.3 15.8-19.0 1,018 35.4 33.3-37.6
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 665 314 45.9 41.1-50.7 152 20.9 17.4-24.9 199 33.3 28.9-37.9
Non-Veteran 3,699 2,021 53.5 51.5-55.5 579 15.0 13.7-16.5 1,099 31.4 29.6-33.4
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT1
Urban 1,155 518 45.6 42.2-49.0 218 18.3 15.9-20.9 419 36.2 33.0-39.4
Regional City or Suburban County 1,056 536 51.2 47.5-54.9 165 14.0 11.8-16.6 355 34.7 31.3-38.3
Rural 2,156 1,284 59.3 56.5-62.0 348 14.9 13.1-16.9 524 25.8 23.4-28.4
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 2,227 948 42.4 39.9-44.9 418 18.1 16.3-20.1 861 39.5 37.1-42.0
Unemployed 146 77 54.3 44.4-63.9 24 13.5 8.2-21.6 45 32.1 23.5-42.2
Retired 1,254 812 68.4 65.0-71.6 219 14.7 12.6-17.2 223 16.9 14.4-19.7
Unable to Work 394 307 79.5 73.9-84.1 35 9.1 6.1-13.5 52 11.4 8.0-16.0
Other not in Labor Force 315 177 55.9 49.3-62.2 33 11.2 7.7-16.0 105 32.9 27.1-39.2
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 126 82 65.7 55.1-75.0 *** *** *** 37 27.3 19.0-37.5
50% to 100% 312 201 66.5 59.6-72.7 34 9.8 6.5-14.7 77 23.7 18.3-30.1
101% to 150% 591 381 61.6 56.5-66.4 70 13.6 10.5-17.6 140 24.8 20.6-29.4
151% to 200% 306 181 58.7 51.7-65.3 43 13.4 9.5-18.5 82 28.0 22.2-34.6
More than 200% 2,191 921 40.5 37.9-43.1 461 19.3 17.4-21.3 809 40.2 37.7-42.8
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 829 564 68.4 64.2-72.3 116 12.7 10.2-15.7 149 18.9 15.7-22.6
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 841 563 68.8 64.4-72.9 107 12.5 9.7-16.0 171 18.7 15.4-22.5
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 1,833 1,027 56.0 53.2-58.8 293 14.3 12.5-16.2 513 29.7 27.2-32.4
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 1,693 748 44.5 41.7-47.4 331 18.2 16.1-20.4 614 37.3 34.5-40.1

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*Moderate drinking guideline--MALES having a maximum of two drinks on one or more occasions within the past 30 days or FEMALES having a maximum of one drink on one or more occasions within the past 30 days.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to changes in the weighting methodology and other factors, results from 2018 are NOT comparable to 2010
and earlier years.

***The estimate was suppressed because it did not meet statistical reliability standards. See BRFSS 2018 Annual Results Technical Notes for more details.

1Based on U.S Census Bureau population estimates at the county level. Please see the BRFSS 2018 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

2Based on 2018 U.S Census Bureau poverty threshold incomes. Please see the BRFSS 2018 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

3NC Dept. of Commerce County Tier Classification, based on respondentís county of residence.
Please see the BRFSS 2018 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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