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
-FEMALES 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
Non-Hispanic White 1,925 1,027 52.7 49.9-55.4 291 14.2 12.4-16.2 607 33.2 30.7-35.8
Non-Hispanic Black 590 393 58.8 53.4-63.9 65 11.8 8.8-15.8 132 29.4 24.6-34.6
Other 78 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
AGE
18-34 533 234 45.1 40.3-50.0 60 11.1 8.3-14.7 239 43.8 39.1-48.7
35-44 392 189 47.7 41.8-53.7 54 13.9 10.4-18.3 149 38.4 32.7-44.3
45-54 454 239 51.9 46.5-57.3 75 16.8 13.1-21.3 140 31.3 26.5-36.5
55-64 549 330 60.6 55.3-65.6 76 13.2 10.1-17.1 143 26.2 21.9-31.0
65-74 572 389 67.0 61.9-71.7 80 14.3 10.9-18.4 103 18.8 15.1-23.1
75+ 396 298 77.9 72.0-82.9 54 11.6 8.0-16.7 44 10.5 7.3-14.8
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 248 209 81.8 74.7-87.3 12 5.3 2.6-10.5 27 12.9 8.4-19.4
H.S. or G.E.D. 695 496 67.6 63.1-71.8 63 9.1 6.8-12.0 136 23.3 19.5-27.5
Some Post-H.S. 862 505 52.7 48.7-56.8 116 14.5 11.7-17.7 241 32.8 29.0-36.8
College Graduate 1,150 508 40.6 37.3-44.1 214 17.9 15.4-20.6 428 41.5 38.1-45.0
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 266 201 73.6 65.6-80.3 18 8.4 4.2-16.1 47 18.1 12.9-24.7
$15,000- 24,999 418 311 71.5 65.6-76.7 37 9.6 6.6-13.8 70 18.9 14.6-24.2
$25,000- 34,999 246 163 64.9 57.0-72.1 31 11.9 7.8-17.7 52 23.2 17.1-30.7
$35,000- 49,999 364 199 51.8 45.5-58.1 50 12.4 8.9-16.9 115 35.8 29.9-42.2
$50,000- 74,999 329 164 49.6 42.9-56.4 54 15.6 11.1-21.4 111 34.8 28.7-41.5
$75,000+ 727 272 36.2 32.1-40.5 144 18.0 15.0-21.4 311 45.8 41.5-50.2
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 906 648 69.7 65.7-73.4 95 9.1 7.1-11.6 163 21.2 17.8-24.9
No 2,049 1,072 50.5 47.8-53.2 308 14.7 12.9-16.8 669 34.8 32.3-37.3
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 93 *** *** *** 17 15.8 8.6-27.1 *** *** ***
Non-Veteran 2,864 1,680 56.2 53.9-58.5 388 13.1 11.6-14.7 796 30.7 28.6-32.9
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT1
Urban 846 394 45.1 41.1-49.1 145 16.9 14.0-20.3 307 38.0 34.2-41.9
Regional City or Suburban County 841 508 58.6 54.4-62.6 123 14.6 11.9-17.7 210 26.8 23.3-30.7
Rural 1,272 820 64.1 60.6-67.4 137 8.4 6.9-10.3 315 27.5 24.5-30.8
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 1,381 625 43.9 40.8-47.1 215 15.4 13.2-17.8 541 40.7 37.6-43.9
Unemployed 191 112 57.0 48.1-65.4 26 12.8 8.3-19.3 53 30.2 22.7-38.9
Retired 880 618 71.8 67.8-75.4 119 12.2 9.7-15.2 143 16.1 13.3-19.3
Unable to Work 229 186 78.8 70.8-85.1 17 8.2 4.3-15.1 26 13.0 8.3-19.8
Other not in Labor Force 265 171 62.6 55.3-69.3 25 8.2 4.9-13.6 69 29.2 23.1-36.1
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 110 *** *** *** 12 11.4 5.0-23.8 16 16.2 9.4-26.5
50% to 100% 293 227 77.3 70.3-83.1 14 5.1 2.4-10.5 52 17.6 12.7-23.9
101% to 150% 320 219 66.8 60.1-72.9 36 11.4 7.8-16.4 65 21.8 16.8-27.8
151% to 200% 283 184 60.0 52.5-67.0 21 7.8 4.6-12.8 78 32.3 25.7-39.5
More than 200% 1,337 595 42.2 39.0-45.4 251 17.7 15.3-20.3 491 40.1 36.9-43.4
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 846 580 64.3 60.0-68.4 96 10.8 8.6-13.6 170 24.8 21.1-29.0
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 921 575 62.5 58.6-66.3 104 10.2 8.1-12.8 242 27.3 23.9-31.0
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 1,192 567 47.1 43.7-50.6 205 16.5 14.0-19.2 420 36.4 33.2-39.7
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 916 440 49.5 45.6-53.5 149 15.2 12.5-18.3 327 35.3 31.7-39.0
2nd Quartile 777 449 55.7 51.4-59.9 100 12.6 10.1-15.7 228 31.7 27.8-35.8
3rd Quartile 847 521 59.9 55.7-63.9 120 13.3 10.7-16.3 206 26.9 23.3-30.8
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 419 312 66.3 59.5-72.5 36 8.3 5.7-12.0 71 25.4 19.6-32.2

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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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