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%)
North Carolina 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
-FEMALES 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
Non-Hispanic White 895 485 50.2 46.3-54.1 274 32.9 29.3-36.7 85 9.6 7.5-12.1 27 3.8 2.5- 5.8 24 3.5 2.2- 5.5
Non-Hispanic Black 193 100 45.4 37.0-54.1 61 36.7 28.6-45.7 17 8.9 5.0-15.4 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Other 17 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
AGE
18-34 294 108 35.2 29.2-41.7 108 38.5 32.2-45.1 40 12.2 8.7-16.8 18 6.9 4.2-11.1 20 7.3 4.5-11.6
35-44 201 102 51.0 42.9-59.1 55 29.3 22.2-37.7 29 13.7 9.1-20.0 *** *** *** *** *** ***
45-54 218 116 54.0 46.4-61.5 77 35.7 28.7-43.4 14 4.9 2.7- 8.6 *** *** *** *** *** ***
55-64 219 124 55.1 46.9-62.9 63 31.4 24.3-39.6 23 9.4 5.7-15.0 *** *** *** *** *** ***
65-74 182 120 60.3 50.8-69.0 48 29.2 21.7-38.0 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
75+ 97 *** *** *** 14 15.3 8.3-26.6 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 39 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
H.S. or G.E.D. 195 98 47.0 38.9-55.2 55 30.4 23.3-38.7 23 9.7 6.2-14.8 *** *** *** 11 7.2 3.9-12.9
Some Post-H.S. 354 178 43.6 37.7-49.7 113 35.9 30.2-42.1 37 11.1 7.7-15.6 17 5.3 3.2- 8.8 *** *** ***
College Graduate 642 371 56.7 52.2-61.1 193 31.4 27.3-35.7 51 8.1 6.0-11.0 11 1.6 0.8- 3.1 16 2.2 1.3- 3.7
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 64 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$15,000- 24,999 107 *** *** *** 22 21.7 13.8-32.4 16 11.7 6.7-19.7 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$25,000- 34,999 83 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$35,000- 49,999 166 92 47.1 38.2-56.2 51 36.2 27.7-45.7 16 9.3 5.4-15.6 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$50,000- 74,999 163 81 46.8 37.4-56.5 54 36.4 27.4-46.4 18 11.1 6.2-18.9 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$75,000+ 454 250 52.1 46.6-57.5 154 36.9 31.7-42.4 33 7.3 4.9-10.8 *** *** *** *** *** ***
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 256 143 46.1 38.8-53.6 67 31.9 24.9-39.8 23 8.2 5.0-12.9 11 5.9 3.1-11.2 12 7.9 4.3-14.1
No 972 519 50.3 46.5-54.1 303 33.4 29.8-37.1 93 9.9 7.8-12.4 28 3.3 2.1- 5.0 29 3.2 2.1- 4.9
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 53 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Veteran 1,176 638 49.5 46.1-53.0 349 32.8 29.6-36.3 113 9.7 7.9-11.9 37 3.8 2.6- 5.4 39 4.1 2.9- 5.9
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT1
Urban 452 242 50.5 45.0-55.9 145 33.8 28.8-39.2 34 8.3 5.7-11.9 14 3.3 1.9- 5.8 17 4.2 2.4- 7.1
Regional City or Suburban County 335 192 55.2 48.7-61.4 92 29.0 23.5-35.3 33 8.9 6.0-13.0 14 5.3 2.9- 9.5 *** *** ***
Rural 443 230 42.4 36.9-48.1 133 36.0 30.4-42.0 49 12.1 8.8-16.3 11 3.0 1.5- 5.7 20 6.6 4.0-10.6
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 754 376 46.7 42.5-50.9 251 36.1 32.0-40.4 77 9.5 7.4-12.1 24 3.9 2.5- 6.1 26 3.9 2.5- 5.9
Unemployed 79 *** *** *** *** *** *** 11 11.4 5.9-21.0 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Retired 259 176 66.1 58.5-73.0 58 22.7 17.2-29.4 15 6.0 3.1-11.3 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Unable to Work 41 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Other not in Labor Force 93 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 28 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 67 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
101% to 150% 99 *** *** *** 20 19.1 11.7-29.5 12 14.1 7.8-24.2 *** *** *** *** *** ***
151% to 200% 99 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
More than 200% 740 407 51.0 46.6-55.4 239 35.7 31.6-40.2 62 8.8 6.6-11.8 15 1.8 1.1- 3.1 17 2.5 1.5- 4.4
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 262 140 43.8 36.7-51.2 67 33.7 26.5-41.8 37 13.9 9.6-19.6 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 346 182 49.5 43.1-55.8 116 33.9 28.1-40.2 25 7.2 4.6-11.0 *** *** *** 13 5.7 3.1-10.3
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 622 342 51.3 46.6-56.0 187 32.4 28.0-37.0 54 9.4 6.9-12.6 21 4.1 2.5- 6.5 18 2.8 1.7- 4.8
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 474 272 57.0 51.7-62.2 137 27.7 23.3-32.5 35 7.7 5.3-11.1 19 5.7 3.5- 9.2 11 1.9 1.0- 3.7
2nd Quartile 328 159 43.5 37.3-49.9 118 39.1 33.0-45.6 27 8.0 5.3-12.0 *** *** *** 15 6.6 3.8-11.1
3rd Quartile 325 182 51.3 44.6-57.9 91 31.2 25.2-37.9 36 12.4 8.5-17.7 *** *** *** *** *** ***
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 103 *** *** *** *** *** *** 18 15.9 9.3-25.8 *** *** *** *** *** ***

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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 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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