2018 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 2,018 864 38.5 36.0-41.1 596 31.6 29.0-34.2 249 13.1 11.3-15.0 118 5.9 4.8- 7.3 191 11.0 9.4-12.9
GENDER
Male 1,110 379 29.4 26.4-32.7 329 31.3 28.0-34.8 173 16.6 14.0-19.6 80 6.9 5.3- 8.9 149 15.8 13.2-18.7
Female 908 485 50.1 46.1-54.1 267 31.9 28.1-35.9 76 8.5 6.5-10.9 38 4.6 3.2- 6.7 42 4.9 3.5- 6.9
RACE/ETHNICITY
Non-Hispanic White 1,471 643 38.2 35.3-41.2 446 32.8 29.8-35.9 173 12.9 10.9-15.2 91 6.1 4.8- 7.7 118 10.1 8.2-12.3
Non-Hispanic Black 313 137 40.8 34.4-47.5 87 31.3 25.2-38.1 50 14.9 10.8-20.3 11 4.3 2.2- 8.4 28 8.7 5.6-13.1
Non-Hispanic Am Indian 22 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Other 66 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Hispanic 127 33 24.5 16.6-34.5 33 25.1 16.6-36.1 16 13.2 7.1-23.4 15 13.8 7.9-22.8 30 23.4 15.9-33.2
AGE
18-34 542 154 27.8 23.7-32.4 169 32.3 27.9-37.2 93 16.2 13.0-20.1 51 9.6 7.1-12.8 75 14.0 11.0-17.7
35-44 299 111 32.5 26.8-38.8 93 36.2 29.7-43.1 49 17.3 12.6-23.4 16 3.7 2.0- 6.6 30 10.3 6.9-15.1
45-54 357 132 38.3 32.3-44.7 111 31.4 25.6-37.9 49 12.3 8.9-16.8 22 4.7 2.8- 7.7 43 13.3 9.2-18.9
55-64 326 157 45.2 38.8-51.7 101 32.0 26.1-38.5 31 9.9 6.6-14.5 15 4.6 2.5- 8.1 22 8.4 5.2-13.3
65-74 312 185 58.0 51.0-64.6 84 26.6 20.9-33.0 18 7.0 3.8-12.5 11 3.2 1.6- 6.3 14 5.3 2.9- 9.4
75+ 162 111 68.7 58.7-77.3 33 18.6 12.2-27.4 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 112 32 27.5 18.8-38.3 *** *** *** 15 15.3 8.4-26.4 *** *** *** 28 25.2 16.5-36.3
H.S. or G.E.D. 377 152 34.3 29.0-40.1 83 27.7 22.2-33.9 53 14.5 10.7-19.5 27 6.7 4.2-10.5 62 16.8 12.6-21.9
Some Post-H.S. 566 213 33.9 29.4-38.7 171 33.2 28.5-38.2 84 14.5 11.3-18.4 42 7.4 5.2-10.4 56 11.0 8.2-14.5
College Graduate 963 467 46.9 43.2-50.6 313 33.2 29.8-36.9 97 10.6 8.6-13.1 41 4.1 2.9- 5.8 45 5.1 3.6- 7.0
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 117 *** *** *** 27 19.7 12.8-29.2 13 10.8 5.9-19.1 11 10.5 5.1-20.2 27 22.4 14.8-32.4
$15,000- 24,999 226 86 33.1 26.2-40.9 57 28.0 21.0-36.2 33 16.5 11.0-24.1 18 7.5 4.4-12.5 32 14.9 10.1-21.3
$25,000- 34,999 154 62 37.2 28.3-47.0 52 37.2 28.1-47.3 *** *** *** 14 7.8 4.3-13.7 17 14.1 8.3-22.8
$35,000- 49,999 228 99 36.5 29.6-44.1 53 21.8 16.1-29.0 37 17.1 11.8-24.2 15 8.7 4.9-15.1 24 15.8 10.3-23.5
$50,000-74,999 315 130 35.8 29.8-42.2 97 32.0 25.7-39.1 42 14.5 10.3-19.9 19 7.3 4.5-11.9 27 10.4 6.6-15.9
$75,000+ 719 323 39.4 35.3-43.7 240 35.8 31.6-40.2 90 14.1 11.2-17.6 29 3.8 2.4- 5.9 37 6.9 4.7- 9.8
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 262 126 45.9 38.4-53.7 70 30.6 23.7-38.4 27 9.2 5.8-14.2 12 3.6 1.8- 7.1 27 10.7 6.9-16.2
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 457 210 42.7 37.0-48.6 124 28.4 23.2-34.4 42 9.3 6.5-13.2 24 4.8 2.9- 7.8 57 14.8 11.0-19.5
No 1,556 653 37.5 34.7-40.3 471 32.4 29.6-35.4 207 14.1 12.1-16.4 93 6.1 4.8- 7.7 132 9.9 8.2-12.0
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 349 143 35.6 29.8-41.9 101 30.8 25.1-37.2 51 17.9 13.3-23.6 19 5.7 3.4- 9.3 35 10.0 7.0-14.1
Non-Veteran 1,672 722 38.9 36.2-41.8 495 31.6 28.9-34.5 200 12.4 10.5-14.5 99 5.9 4.7- 7.4 156 11.2 9.4-13.3
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT1
Urban 637 270 38.6 34.5-42.9 201 35.7 31.3-40.2 81 12.2 9.6-15.5 31 4.8 3.3- 6.9 54 8.7 6.5-11.6
Regional City or Suburban County 520 208 35.3 30.7-40.3 162 31.8 27.1-36.9 66 14.1 10.8-18.3 35 7.0 4.7-10.3 49 11.7 8.6-15.8
Rural 864 387 40.9 36.7-45.2 233 26.6 23.0-30.7 104 13.4 10.6-16.8 52 6.1 4.4- 8.5 88 12.9 10.1-16.4
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 1,268 479 34.8 31.8-37.9 399 33.2 30.1-36.4 181 14.8 12.5-17.3 79 5.9 4.6- 7.6 130 11.3 9.3-13.7
Unemployed 68 18 14.9 8.6-24.6 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Retired 447 274 59.3 53.2-65.1 111 25.5 20.4-31.4 30 5.7 3.7- 8.7 12 2.9 1.4- 5.8 20 6.6 3.9-11.0
Unable to Work 87 *** *** *** 17 14.9 8.1-25.6 12 13.0 6.0-25.8 *** *** *** 11 13.0 6.6-24.2
Other not in Labor Force 138 51 37.4 28.6-47.1 37 26.2 18.6-35.5 16 11.7 6.7-19.7 16 11.8 6.8-19.5 18 12.9 7.6-21.1
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 42 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 108 *** *** *** *** *** *** 15 13.9 7.5-24.4 11 10.9 5.6-20.2 26 21.7 14.0-32.0
101% to 150% 210 84 38.2 30.6-46.6 55 25.8 19.3-33.6 26 12.6 7.8-19.8 16 6.6 3.7-11.4 29 16.8 11.1-24.7
151% to 200% 125 46 32.4 23.8-42.4 36 29.9 20.8-40.8 17 14.0 8.0-23.4 *** *** *** 16 14.7 8.6-23.8
More than 200% 1,270 559 38.3 35.2-41.6 405 33.8 30.6-37.1 158 13.8 11.6-16.4 64 5.4 4.0- 7.2 84 8.7 6.8-11.0
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 262 126 45.9 38.4-53.7 70 30.6 23.7-38.4 27 9.2 5.8-14.2 12 3.6 1.8- 7.1 27 10.7 6.9-16.2
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 278 123 41.3 33.6-49.5 67 22.7 16.8-30.1 40 14.4 9.8-20.8 16 6.5 3.2-12.8 32 15.0 9.9-22.2
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 804 336 38.4 34.4-42.5 240 30.7 26.9-34.8 92 12.3 9.8-15.5 54 6.1 4.4- 8.2 82 12.5 9.9-15.8
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 939 406 38.1 34.5-41.7 289 33.5 29.9-37.3 119 13.7 11.2-16.6 48 5.6 4.1- 7.7 77 9.2 7.1-11.7

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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 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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