2020 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Alcohol Consumption

Heavy Drinking*
(CDC calculated variable)

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  Total
Respond.^
No Yes
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 5,358 5,057 94.2 93.4-94.9 301 5.8 5.1- 6.6
GENDER
Male 2,402 2,254 93.9 92.7-95.0 148 6.1 5.0- 7.3
Female 2,956 2,803 94.5 93.4-95.4 153 5.5 4.6- 6.6
RACE/ETHNICITY
Non-Hispanic White 3,483 3,247 93.0 91.9-94.0 236 7.0 6.0- 8.1
Non-Hispanic Black 979 947 95.8 93.6-97.2 32 4.2 2.8- 6.4
Non-Hispanic Am Indian 140 134 96.9 92.9-98.7 *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Multiracial 98 94 97.2 91.3-99.2 *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Other 104 102 98.8 95.2-99.7 *** *** ***
Hispanic 455 440 97.3 95.4-98.5 15 2.7 1.5- 4.6
AGE
18-34 1,068 987 92.8 90.8-94.3 81 7.2 5.7- 9.2
35-44 727 679 94.0 91.6-95.7 48 6.0 4.3- 8.4
45-54 856 811 94.3 92.1-95.9 45 5.7 4.1- 7.9
55-64 976 923 94.7 92.7-96.1 53 5.3 3.9- 7.3
65-74 990 943 95.2 93.2-96.5 47 4.8 3.5- 6.8
75+ 644 620 96.7 94.6-98.0 24 3.3 2.0- 5.4
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 471 452 94.8 91.3-97.0 19 5.2 3.0- 8.7
H.S. or G.E.D. 1,346 1,269 94.0 92.3-95.3 77 6.0 4.7- 7.7
Some Post-H.S. 1,486 1,414 94.7 93.1-95.9 72 5.3 4.1- 6.9
College Graduate 2,041 1,908 93.6 92.2-94.7 133 6.4 5.3- 7.8
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 1,567 1,493 94.4 92.6-95.7 74 5.6 4.3- 7.4
No 3,775 3,548 94.1 93.2-95.0 227 5.9 5.0- 6.8
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 712 667 94.8 92.7-96.4 45 5.2 3.6- 7.3
Non-Veteran 4,639 4,383 94.1 93.2-94.9 256 5.9 5.1- 6.8
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 2,807 2,622 93.3 92.1-94.3 185 6.7 5.7- 7.9
Unemployed 326 305 92.6 87.8-95.7 21 7.4 4.3-12.2
Retired 1,459 1,388 95.7 94.4-96.7 71 4.3 3.3- 5.6
Unable to Work 398 391 97.3 93.6-98.9 *** *** ***
Other not in Labor Force 339 322 95.2 91.9-97.2 17 4.8 2.8- 8.1
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 383 364 93.1 88.7-95.9 19 6.9 4.1-11.3
$15,000- 24,999 733 708 95.5 93.0-97.2 25 4.5 2.8- 7.0
$25,000- 34,999 444 422 95.1 92.0-97.0 22 4.9 3.0- 8.0
$35,000- 49,999 621 587 95.0 92.5-96.7 34 5.0 3.3- 7.5
$50,000-74,999 668 623 94.2 91.8-95.9 45 5.8 4.1- 8.2
$75,000+ 1,516 1,401 92.7 91.1-94.1 115 7.3 5.9- 8.9
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 993 952 95.2 93.1-96.6 41 4.8 3.4- 6.9
POVERTY LEVEL1
Less than 50% 151 144 92.6 84.9-96.5 *** *** ***
50% to 100% 492 466 93.5 89.8-96.0 26 6.5 4.0-10.2
101% to 150% 559 543 97.5 95.7-98.6 16 2.5 1.4- 4.3
151% to 200% 477 459 95.1 92.0-97.0 18 4.9 3.0- 8.0
More than 200% 2,663 2,471 93.2 92.0-94.2 192 6.8 5.8- 8.0
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 993 952 95.2 93.1-96.6 41 4.8 3.4- 6.9
HOUSING
Own 3,576 3,381 94.6 93.7-95.5 195 5.4 4.5- 6.3
Rent 1,375 1,288 92.9 91.0-94.4 87 7.1 5.6- 9.0
Other arrangement 367 349 94.2 89.8-96.7 18 5.8 3.3-10.2
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT2
Urban 1,624 1,514 93.1 91.4-94.4 110 6.9 5.6- 8.6
Regional City or Suburban County 1,480 1,411 94.9 93.3-96.1 69 5.1 3.9- 6.7
Rural 2,254 2,132 94.8 93.6-95.8 122 5.2 4.2- 6.4
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 1,502 1,431 95.1 93.6-96.3 71 4.9 3.7- 6.4
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 1,652 1,571 94.9 93.5-96.1 81 5.1 3.9- 6.5
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 2,204 2,055 93.3 91.9-94.4 149 6.7 5.6- 8.1
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 1,665 1,553 93.6 92.1-94.8 112 6.4 5.2- 7.9
2nd Quartile 1,426 1,335 93.1 91.3-94.6 91 6.9 5.4- 8.7
3rd Quartile 1,511 1,443 95.5 94.1-96.5 68 4.5 3.5- 5.9
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 756 726 96.8 95.1-97.9 30 3.2 2.1- 4.9

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*Heavy drinkers--MALES having more than two drinks per day and FEMALES having more than one drink per day.
This question was asked of all respondents.

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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