2020 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%)
North Carolina 5,365 2,843 51.8 50.1-53.4 914 16.3 15.2-17.6 1,608 31.9 30.3-33.4
-Non-Hispanic Black 981 608 56.6 52.5-60.6 139 14.5 11.9-17.5 234 28.9 25.3-32.8
GENDER
Male 391 215 53.9 47.7-60.1 74 17.7 13.7-22.7 102 28.3 22.9-34.5
Female 590 393 58.8 53.4-63.9 65 11.8 8.8-15.8 132 29.4 24.6-34.6
AGE
18-34 177 79 47.2 38.8-55.7 22 12.8 8.0-19.9 76 40.0 32.2-48.5
35-44 132 *** *** *** 26 16.1 10.6-23.8 *** *** ***
45-54 162 80 47.1 38.1-56.3 39 24.8 17.6-33.7 43 28.1 20.6-37.1
55-64 191 130 64.7 55.5-72.9 23 13.1 8.2-20.2 38 22.2 15.5-30.8
65-74 201 151 74.9 66.3-81.9 23 11.1 6.2-19.2 27 14.0 9.2-20.7
75+ 105 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 95 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
H.S. or G.E.D. 283 193 65.1 57.9-71.8 34 12.7 8.6-18.5 56 22.1 16.7-28.8
Some Post-H.S. 277 170 51.8 44.5-59.0 35 14.8 10.0-21.3 72 33.4 26.7-40.7
College Graduate 324 173 45.9 39.4-52.5 64 21.8 16.9-27.7 87 32.3 26.2-39.0
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 103 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$15,000- 24,999 161 112 64.6 54.3-73.6 *** *** *** 33 26.0 18.1-35.9
$25,000- 34,999 105 *** *** *** 17 18.9 10.8-30.8 *** *** ***
$35,000- 49,999 126 *** *** *** 23 19.3 12.2-29.1 34 29.5 20.6-40.3
$50,000- 74,999 109 *** *** *** 18 16.9 9.5-28.4 *** *** ***
$75,000+ 194 94 44.5 36.3-53.1 45 21.0 15.2-28.2 55 34.5 26.6-43.4
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 287 201 62.1 53.7-69.8 34 12.2 8.2-17.7 52 25.7 18.5-34.5
No 693 406 54.7 50.0-59.3 105 15.3 12.2-19.0 182 30.0 25.9-34.5
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 137 76 57.5 47.1-67.2 25 13.3 8.4-20.5 36 29.2 20.6-39.7
Non-Veteran 844 532 56.5 52.1-60.8 114 14.7 11.8-18.0 198 28.9 24.9-33.1
RURAL-URBAN CATEGORY1
Urban 353 188 51.3 45.1-57.6 69 19.7 15.1-25.3 96 29.0 23.6-35.0
Regional City or Suburban County 261 173 59.1 51.0-66.8 27 8.6 5.5-13.0 61 32.3 25.0-40.5
Rural 367 247 61.8 54.7-68.5 43 11.9 8.4-16.7 77 26.2 20.1-33.4
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 462 227 45.8 40.4-51.3 84 18.5 14.6-23.2 151 35.7 30.5-41.1
Unemployed 85 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Retired 284 222 78.4 71.8-83.8 30 9.1 5.8-13.8 32 12.5 8.4-18.4
Unable to Work 110 *** *** *** *** *** *** 18 19.0 11.2-30.4
Other not in Labor Force 35 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 46 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 99 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
101% to 150% 136 93 66.3 55.7-75.4 20 15.4 9.2-24.8 23 18.3 11.7-27.4
151% to 200% 97 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
More than 200% 417 214 46.4 40.5-52.4 86 20.2 15.9-25.3 117 33.4 27.8-39.5
HOUSING
Own 526 338 58.9 53.2-64.4 90 18.1 14.1-22.7 98 23.0 18.4-28.5
Rent 356 210 51.8 45.2-58.2 41 11.6 8.1-16.3 105 36.7 30.5-43.3
Other arrangement 93 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 396 270 64.7 58.3-70.7 50 12.0 8.7-16.4 76 23.3 18.0-29.5
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 257 174 60.2 52.1-67.8 25 10.6 6.8-16.2 58 29.2 22.1-37.4
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 328 164 48.1 41.5-54.7 64 19.0 14.4-24.8 100 32.9 27.0-39.4
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 167 92 59.7 50.6-68.1 29 13.7 9.0-20.3 46 26.6 19.7-35.0
2nd Quartile 246 138 48.7 41.2-56.3 33 15.6 10.8-22.1 75 35.6 28.5-43.5
3rd Quartile 352 227 58.0 51.4-64.3 51 14.8 10.7-20.0 74 27.2 21.5-33.8
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 216 151 67.6 58.6-75.4 26 12.4 7.8-19.1 39 20.0 13.6-28.5

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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 2020 are NOT comparable to 2010
and earlier years.

***The estimate was suppressed because it did not meet statistical reliability standards. See BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for more details.

1Based on U.S Census Bureau population estimates at the county level. Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

2Based on 2020 U.S Census Bureau poverty threshold incomes. Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

3NC Dept. of Commerce County Tier Classification, based on respondentís county of residence.
Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

4Quartile of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Social Vulnerability Index
(https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/placeandhealth/svi/index.html) for respondentís county of residence.
Please see the BRFSS 2020 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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