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%)
TOTAL 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
GENDER
Male 2,406 1,121 47.2 44.8-49.7 509 19.8 18.0-21.8 776 33.0 30.7-35.3
Female 2,959 1,722 56.0 53.7-58.2 405 13.2 11.7-14.8 832 30.9 28.8-33.0
RACE/ETHNICITY
Non-Hispanic White 3,480 1,700 48.6 46.5-50.6 654 17.6 16.2-19.2 1,126 33.8 32.0-35.7
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
Non-Hispanic Am Indian 142 98 71.0 61.3-79.1 18 9.8 5.8-16.0 26 19.3 12.5-28.5
Non-Hispanic Multiracial 99 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Other 104 *** *** *** 17 14.1 8.2-23.2 25 22.7 14.6-33.5
Hispanic 461 267 59.6 54.1-64.9 50 9.3 6.8-12.6 144 31.1 26.3-36.3
AGE
18-34 1,081 450 44.5 41.0-48.0 143 12.4 10.4-14.9 488 43.1 39.7-46.5
35-44 729 317 42.5 38.2-46.9 119 17.1 14.1-20.5 293 40.4 36.1-44.8
45-54 852 424 48.9 44.9-52.9 160 20.5 17.4-24.0 268 30.6 27.1-34.3
55-64 975 545 56.5 52.6-60.3 175 17.2 14.5-20.3 255 26.3 23.1-29.7
65-74 991 606 61.5 57.7-65.2 188 18.5 15.7-21.6 197 20.0 17.2-23.2
75+ 641 442 71.9 67.2-76.1 117 16.6 13.2-20.6 82 11.5 8.9-14.8
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 473 351 74.1 68.7-78.8 38 7.8 5.4-11.2 84 18.1 14.0-23.1
H.S. or G.E.D. 1,347 855 60.7 57.4-63.8 166 12.8 10.8-15.1 326 26.6 23.8-29.6
Some Post-H.S. 1,493 814 49.7 46.7-52.8 231 16.7 14.5-19.2 448 33.5 30.7-36.5
College Graduate 2,037 815 36.7 34.3-39.2 476 22.8 20.7-25.0 746 40.5 38.0-43.1
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 1,567 1,006 63.3 60.2-66.3 238 13.9 12.0-16.1 323 22.8 20.1-25.6
No 3,782 1,829 47.4 45.5-49.4 672 17.3 15.9-18.8 1,281 35.3 33.5-37.2
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 713 349 50.7 46.1-55.3 161 20.4 17.1-24.1 203 28.9 25.0-33.2
Non-Veteran 4,646 2,491 51.9 50.2-53.7 753 15.8 14.6-17.1 1,402 32.3 30.6-33.9
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 2,817 1,191 41.7 39.5-43.9 532 18.8 17.1-20.6 1,094 39.5 37.4-41.7
Unemployed 325 179 52.3 45.4-59.1 40 12.1 8.5-16.9 106 35.6 29.1-42.6
Retired 1,456 930 65.8 62.6-68.8 268 16.9 14.7-19.5 258 17.3 15.0-19.8
Unable to Work 400 309 76.5 70.7-81.4 39 9.7 6.6-14.1 52 13.8 10.1-18.8
Other not in Labor Force 340 216 62.8 56.5-68.7 31 8.3 5.4-12.7 93 28.9 23.5-34.9
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 382 275 67.7 60.5-74.1 27 7.4 4.3-12.5 80 24.9 19.0-31.8
$15,000- 24,999 734 500 66.1 61.7-70.3 81 11.4 8.8-14.6 153 22.5 19.0-26.5
$25,000- 34,999 446 257 56.9 50.9-62.6 67 14.8 11.1-19.6 122 28.3 23.4-33.8
$35,000- 49,999 622 327 52.5 47.7-57.3 102 15.7 12.6-19.3 193 31.8 27.5-36.4
$50,000-74,999 670 335 49.5 44.9-54.1 131 18.2 14.9-22.0 204 32.3 28.1-36.8
$75,000+ 1,516 543 35.3 32.5-38.3 355 21.7 19.4-24.2 618 42.9 40.0-45.9
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 995 606 59.2 55.4-63.0 151 15.0 12.5-17.8 238 25.8 22.6-29.3
POVERTY LEVEL1
Less than 50% 153 105 65.9 55.9-74.6 15 10.0 5.0-19.1 33 24.1 16.9-33.3
50% to 100% 488 353 70.7 64.7-76.1 31 6.0 3.7- 9.6 104 23.3 18.3-29.1
101% to 150% 562 352 62.5 57.5-67.3 82 15.5 12.1-19.6 128 22.0 18.2-26.2
151% to 200% 477 295 58.4 52.8-63.8 49 10.1 7.2-14.0 133 31.5 26.6-36.9
More than 200% 2,666 1,122 40.7 38.5-43.0 581 20.6 18.8-22.5 963 38.7 36.5-41.0
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 995 606 59.2 55.4-63.0 151 15.0 12.5-17.8 238 25.8 22.6-29.3
HOUSING
Own 3,570 1,869 51.9 49.9-53.9 684 18.4 16.9-20.0 1,017 29.7 27.9-31.6
Rent 1,383 718 47.8 44.6-51.0 182 12.6 10.7-14.8 483 39.6 36.5-42.8
Other arrangement 372 228 60.1 53.8-66.1 42 10.8 7.6-15.0 102 29.2 23.7-35.3
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT2
Urban 1,626 689 43.1 40.2-46.0 330 19.5 17.3-21.9 607 37.4 34.6-40.2
Regional City or Suburban County 1,479 804 53.0 49.9-56.1 262 16.5 14.4-18.8 413 30.6 27.7-33.5
Rural 2,260 1,350 59.2 56.6-61.8 322 13.2 11.6-15.0 588 27.6 25.3-30.1
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 1,501 945 59.8 56.5-63.0 216 14.3 12.2-16.7 340 25.9 23.1-28.9
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 1,651 953 57.8 54.8-60.7 242 13.8 12.0-15.9 456 28.4 25.8-31.2
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 2,213 945 43.6 41.1-46.2 456 19.2 17.3-21.2 812 37.2 34.8-39.6
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 1,669 749 46.4 43.5-49.3 315 16.9 14.9-19.1 605 36.7 34.0-39.5
2nd Quartile 1,426 728 50.3 47.2-53.4 253 17.3 15.1-19.7 445 32.4 29.6-35.4
3rd Quartile 1,516 852 55.4 52.3-58.4 252 15.4 13.4-17.7 412 29.2 26.5-32.1
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 754 514 63.5 58.6-68.2 94 14.2 11.1-18.0 146 22.3 18.4-26.7

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

2Based on U.S Census Bureau population estimates at the county level. 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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