2020 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Alcohol Consumption

Excessive Drinking*

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  Total
Respond.^
Yes No
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 5,329 771 15.6 14.4-16.8 4,558 84.4 83.2-85.6
GENDER
Male 2,387 467 19.5 17.7-21.5 1,920 80.5 78.5-82.3
Female 2,942 304 11.9 10.5-13.5 2,638 88.1 86.5-89.5
RACE/ETHNICITY
Non-Hispanic White 3,468 552 17.1 15.6-18.6 2,916 82.9 81.4-84.4
Non-Hispanic Black 971 100 12.9 10.3-16.0 871 87.1 84.0-89.7
Non-Hispanic Am Indian 140 14 9.0 4.9-15.9 126 91.0 84.1-95.1
Non-Hispanic Multiracial 97 *** *** *** 87 92.2 84.7-96.2
Non-Hispanic Other 104 *** *** *** 95 92.5 85.2-96.3
Hispanic 452 73 15.6 12.1-19.7 379 84.4 80.3-87.9
AGE
18-34 1,059 254 23.0 20.3-25.9 805 77.0 74.1-79.7
35-44 722 134 18.4 15.2-22.0 588 81.6 78.0-84.8
45-54 850 122 14.4 11.8-17.3 728 85.6 82.7-88.2
55-64 972 107 11.4 9.2-14.1 865 88.6 85.9-90.8
65-74 987 92 8.7 6.8-10.9 895 91.3 89.1-93.2
75+ 643 54 8.0 5.8-11.0 589 92.0 89.0-94.2
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 466 51 11.0 8.0-15.1 415 89.0 84.9-92.0
H.S. or G.E.D. 1,337 182 14.4 12.3-16.7 1,155 85.6 83.3-87.7
Some Post-H.S. 1,476 213 16.3 14.1-18.7 1,263 83.7 81.3-85.9
College Graduate 2,036 323 17.7 15.7-19.8 1,713 82.3 80.2-84.3
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 1,559 183 12.6 10.7-14.8 1,376 87.4 85.2-89.3
No 3,754 586 16.7 15.3-18.2 3,168 83.3 81.8-84.7
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 712 128 17.5 14.4-21.1 584 82.5 78.9-85.6
Non-Veteran 4,611 641 15.3 14.0-16.6 3,970 84.7 83.4-86.0
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 2,788 513 19.2 17.5-21.0 2,275 80.8 79.0-82.5
Unemployed 321 53 16.9 12.4-22.4 268 83.1 77.6-87.6
Retired 1,457 138 8.7 7.1-10.5 1,319 91.3 89.5-92.9
Unable to Work 397 22 7.2 4.5-11.4 375 92.8 88.6-95.5
Other not in Labor Force 338 44 14.7 10.7-19.8 294 85.3 80.2-89.3
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 382 45 14.2 10.1-19.6 337 85.8 80.4-89.9
$15,000- 24,999 729 86 13.1 10.4-16.5 643 86.9 83.5-89.6
$25,000- 34,999 443 60 14.0 10.5-18.4 383 86.0 81.6-89.5
$35,000- 49,999 618 88 15.1 12.0-18.9 530 84.9 81.1-88.0
$50,000-74,999 666 99 14.0 11.1-17.4 567 86.0 82.6-88.9
$75,000+ 1,509 283 20.1 17.8-22.7 1,226 79.9 77.3-82.2
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 982 110 12.9 10.4-15.7 872 87.1 84.3-89.6
POVERTY LEVEL1
Less than 50% 151 20 15.5 9.7-23.8 131 84.5 76.2-90.3
50% to 100% 490 59 12.9 9.5-17.4 431 87.1 82.6-90.5
101% to 150% 556 68 12.2 9.4-15.7 488 87.8 84.3-90.6
151% to 200% 474 53 12.6 9.4-16.7 421 87.4 83.3-90.6
More than 200% 2,653 457 18.4 16.6-20.3 2,196 81.6 79.7-83.4
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 982 110 12.9 10.4-15.7 872 87.1 84.3-89.6
HOUSING
Own 3,560 460 13.4 12.1-14.8 3,100 86.6 85.2-87.9
Rent 1,365 252 21.6 19.0-24.5 1,113 78.4 75.5-81.0
Other arrangement 365 59 17.7 13.2-23.3 306 82.3 76.7-86.8
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT2
Urban 1,612 276 17.2 15.1-19.5 1,336 82.8 80.5-84.9
Regional City or Suburban County 1,472 196 15.1 13.0-17.6 1,276 84.9 82.4-87.0
Rural 2,245 299 14.3 12.6-16.2 1,946 85.7 83.8-87.4
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 1,494 183 14.7 12.4-17.2 1,311 85.3 82.8-87.6
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 1,646 208 13.3 11.5-15.4 1,438 86.7 84.6-88.5
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 2,189 380 17.6 15.8-19.6 1,809 82.4 80.4-84.2
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 1,657 283 17.7 15.6-20.0 1,374 82.3 80.0-84.4
2nd Quartile 1,417 217 16.0 13.9-18.5 1,200 84.0 81.5-86.1
3rd Quartile 1,504 189 13.5 11.5-15.8 1,315 86.5 84.2-88.5
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 751 82 12.9 9.9-16.7 669 87.1 83.3-90.1

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*Data in this table were derived from the alcohol consumption questions. This question was asked of all respondents.

Yes refers to respondents who said they had drank in the past 30 days and had at least one binge drinking episode (5 or more drinks on one occasion for men 4 or more drinks for women)
or were heavy drinkers (2 or more drinks per day for men, more than 1 drink per day for women).

No refers to respondents who said they did not drink in the past 30 days or who were not heavy drinkers and had no binge drinking episodes.

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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