2020 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 2,504 1,081 39.5 37.3-41.9 781 32.4 30.3-34.7 323 13.6 11.9-15.3 118 5.5 4.5- 6.7 201 9.0 7.7-10.5
GENDER
Male 1,274 417 30.4 27.5-33.5 411 31.9 28.9-34.9 207 17.2 14.7-20.0 79 7.0 5.5- 9.0 160 13.5 11.4-15.9
Female 1,230 664 49.5 46.1-52.9 370 33.0 29.9-36.4 116 9.5 7.7-11.7 39 3.8 2.7- 5.4 41 4.1 2.9- 5.8
RACE/ETHNICITY
Non-Hispanic White 1,776 782 39.9 37.3-42.6 580 34.2 31.6-36.8 221 12.9 11.2-14.9 79 5.3 4.2- 6.8 114 7.6 6.2- 9.3
Non-Hispanic Black 367 165 40.3 34.4-46.6 109 30.2 24.7-36.3 54 15.8 11.2-21.7 15 4.7 2.7- 8.2 24 9.0 5.8-13.5
Non-Hispanic Am Indian 42 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Multiracial 45 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Other 42 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Hispanic 188 52 24.5 18.3-32.0 52 29.3 22.1-37.6 28 14.4 9.8-20.7 14 7.9 4.3-14.2 42 23.9 17.5-31.7
AGE
18-34 617 179 28.5 24.6-32.8 200 32.5 28.4-36.8 111 18.3 15.1-22.1 46 8.0 5.9-10.9 81 12.7 10.0-15.9
35-44 409 149 35.1 29.9-40.7 136 35.7 30.3-41.5 63 15.3 11.2-20.6 18 3.7 2.2- 6.1 43 10.2 7.2-14.2
45-54 430 177 42.6 37.2-48.1 151 34.1 29.2-39.4 46 9.2 6.6-12.5 22 6.3 4.0- 9.9 34 7.8 5.3-11.4
55-64 431 211 46.3 40.7-51.9 125 30.4 25.3-36.0 59 13.4 10.1-17.6 16 4.8 2.7- 8.6 20 5.0 3.1- 8.1
65-74 378 211 53.2 47.1-59.3 113 30.8 25.5-36.8 31 8.2 5.3-12.7 *** *** *** 13 5.2 2.7- 9.9
75+ 201 133 65.4 56.8-73.1 46 24.4 17.8-32.5 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 120 34 31.5 22.1-42.8 27 24.9 16.5-35.8 *** *** *** *** *** *** 30 23.0 15.4-32.7
H.S. or G.E.D. 490 172 33.4 28.7-38.5 143 29.4 25.0-34.3 78 15.6 12.2-19.8 32 8.1 5.5-11.6 65 13.5 10.4-17.4
Some Post-H.S. 667 268 36.5 32.3-40.8 216 34.1 30.0-38.5 87 13.7 10.9-17.1 43 6.9 4.9- 9.6 53 8.8 6.5-11.8
College Graduate 1,221 603 46.9 43.7-50.2 394 33.9 30.9-37.1 136 11.8 9.9-14.2 36 3.1 2.1- 4.4 52 4.3 3.1- 5.8
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 556 259 40.5 35.6-45.6 151 29.5 24.9-34.5 69 12.5 9.0-17.1 27 6.3 4.1- 9.5 50 11.3 8.3-15.2
No 1,940 818 39.3 36.8-41.9 627 33.2 30.7-35.7 253 13.8 12.0-15.8 91 5.3 4.2- 6.7 151 8.4 7.0-10.1
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 360 132 32.7 27.2-38.7 123 35.0 29.3-41.2 54 17.3 12.8-23.0 18 5.0 2.9- 8.7 33 10.0 6.8-14.5
Non-Veteran 2,140 947 40.5 38.0-43.0 657 32.1 29.7-34.5 269 13.0 11.4-14.9 100 5.5 4.4- 6.9 167 8.8 7.5-10.4
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 1,611 632 36.9 34.2-39.7 540 35.0 32.3-37.8 217 13.4 11.6-15.4 79 5.5 4.3- 7.0 143 9.2 7.6-11.0
Unemployed 147 60 39.2 30.1-49.1 32 21.9 14.9-31.0 27 19.8 11.7-31.4 11 5.8 3.1-10.6 17 13.4 7.9-21.9
Retired 523 304 57.0 51.6-62.2 140 26.7 22.4-31.5 47 9.5 6.6-13.4 12 2.0 1.0- 3.9 20 4.9 2.8- 8.3
Unable to Work 89 *** *** *** *** *** *** 14 13.8 7.5-24.1 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Other not in Labor Force 123 46 30.8 22.3-40.8 39 31.4 22.8-41.4 15 16.0 9.4-25.9 *** *** *** 13 10.8 5.9-19.0
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 108 *** *** *** 32 24.6 16.1-35.8 *** *** *** *** *** *** 14 17.4 9.8-29.1
$15,000- 24,999 233 81 34.8 27.7-42.6 66 27.0 20.9-34.1 36 13.4 9.4-18.8 16 8.3 4.8-14.1 34 16.5 11.5-23.3
$25,000- 34,999 187 75 36.5 28.5-45.3 48 27.5 20.3-36.2 30 18.7 12.8-26.7 *** *** *** 24 12.9 8.0-19.9
$35,000- 49,999 292 129 39.9 33.6-46.6 93 34.3 28.1-41.1 38 13.6 9.7-18.8 13 4.8 2.5- 9.1 19 7.4 4.3-12.3
$50,000-74,999 331 142 39.1 32.9-45.6 107 35.3 29.2-42.0 42 12.2 8.5-17.2 20 6.7 4.2-10.7 20 6.6 3.9-11.0
$75,000+ 969 434 40.9 37.4-44.6 337 36.8 33.3-40.5 115 12.7 10.3-15.5 29 3.7 2.5- 5.5 54 5.9 4.4- 8.0
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 384 183 44.1 38.4-50.0 98 26.3 21.4-31.9 47 13.1 9.5-17.8 20 5.8 3.5- 9.6 36 10.6 7.4-14.9
POVERTY LEVEL1
Less than 50% 46 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 139 41 25.5 16.9-36.5 38 24.0 16.2-33.9 *** *** *** 12 11.7 5.9-21.8 24 19.3 12.0-29.6
101% to 150% 207 81 41.2 33.4-49.3 57 25.2 19.2-32.5 25 11.8 7.8-17.5 15 8.4 4.7-14.4 29 13.4 9.0-19.4
151% to 200% 182 70 34.2 26.7-42.7 63 37.9 29.9-46.5 24 12.3 7.8-18.8 *** *** *** 15 9.8 5.7-16.4
More than 200% 1,533 686 40.5 37.6-43.4 509 35.4 32.6-38.4 192 13.4 11.5-15.7 57 4.3 3.2- 5.7 89 6.4 5.0- 8.1
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 384 183 44.1 38.4-50.0 98 26.3 21.4-31.9 47 13.1 9.5-17.8 20 5.8 3.5- 9.6 36 10.6 7.4-14.9
HOUSING
Own 1,698 808 43.7 40.9-46.6 544 33.3 30.6-36.0 188 11.9 10.1-14.1 65 4.5 3.4- 5.9 93 6.6 5.2- 8.3
Rent 655 222 31.6 27.6-36.0 200 31.2 27.1-35.6 112 17.4 14.2-21.1 37 6.5 4.4- 9.4 84 13.3 10.5-16.7
Other arrangement 139 42 25.2 18.0-34.1 37 30.3 21.8-40.5 22 15.0 9.2-23.7 15 11.8 6.7-19.7 23 17.7 11.1-26.9
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT2
Urban 929 415 42.5 38.8-46.2 304 33.0 29.5-36.6 103 11.9 9.6-14.5 37 4.3 3.0- 6.1 70 8.4 6.4-10.8
Regional City or Suburban County 674 289 38.6 34.4-43.0 205 31.3 27.3-35.6 88 13.3 10.5-16.7 40 7.3 5.2-10.2 52 9.5 7.0-12.7
Rural 901 377 36.4 32.6-40.3 272 32.7 29.0-36.7 132 16.1 13.0-19.7 41 5.4 3.7- 7.7 79 9.4 7.3-12.0
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 555 226 34.6 29.9-39.5 164 33.3 28.5-38.5 82 15.2 11.7-19.5 27 5.7 3.6- 9.0 56 11.2 8.3-14.9
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 694 292 39.9 35.6-44.4 227 32.2 28.3-36.4 87 12.6 9.7-16.3 34 6.2 4.3- 9.0 54 9.0 6.6-12.0
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 1,255 563 41.0 37.9-44.3 390 32.2 29.2-35.4 154 13.5 11.4-15.9 57 5.0 3.7- 6.6 91 8.3 6.6-10.3
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 912 418 42.6 38.9-46.4 278 30.7 27.2-34.3 110 13.0 10.6-15.9 53 7.0 5.2- 9.4 53 6.7 5.0- 9.0
2nd Quartile 695 281 37.1 33.0-41.3 226 33.4 29.4-37.7 91 13.3 10.5-16.8 27 4.4 2.9- 6.6 70 11.8 9.1-15.1
3rd Quartile 656 288 40.1 35.8-44.7 210 33.0 28.8-37.4 87 15.5 12.3-19.4 25 4.1 2.6- 6.3 46 7.3 5.3- 9.9
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 241 94 35.7 28.2-43.9 67 34.0 26.3-42.6 35 10.5 7.0-15.5 13 8.2 4.1-15.5 32 11.6 7.8-17.1

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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 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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