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
-MALES 2,406 1,121 47.2 44.8-49.7 509 19.8 18.0-21.8 776 33.0 30.7-35.3
RACE
Non-Hispanic White 1,555 673 44.0 41.1-47.0 363 21.4 19.2-23.9 519 34.6 31.8-37.4
Non-Hispanic Black 391 215 53.9 47.7-60.1 74 17.7 13.7-22.7 102 28.3 22.9-34.5
Other 64 *** *** *** 12 17.1 9.2-29.6 *** *** ***
AGE
18-34 548 216 43.9 39.0-48.9 83 13.7 10.9-17.2 249 42.4 37.7-47.2
35-44 337 128 37.0 30.8-43.5 65 20.5 15.8-26.0 144 42.6 36.2-49.2
45-54 398 185 45.9 40.1-51.8 85 24.4 19.6-29.9 128 29.8 24.9-35.2
55-64 426 215 51.9 46.2-57.5 99 21.7 17.5-26.7 112 26.4 21.7-31.6
65-74 419 217 54.9 49.0-60.7 108 23.5 19.1-28.6 94 21.6 17.3-26.6
75+ 245 144 62.9 55.3-69.9 63 23.9 18.1-31.0 38 13.2 9.1-18.7
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 225 142 66.5 58.3-73.8 26 10.3 6.7-15.5 57 23.2 16.9-31.1
H.S. or G.E.D. 652 359 54.5 49.9-59.0 103 16.0 12.9-19.6 190 29.5 25.6-33.8
Some Post-H.S. 631 309 45.9 41.3-50.6 115 19.6 16.2-23.6 207 34.5 30.2-39.0
College Graduate 887 307 32.1 28.7-35.7 262 28.5 25.2-32.1 318 39.4 35.6-43.2
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 116 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$15,000- 24,999 316 189 59.5 52.7-66.0 44 13.6 9.6-19.0 83 26.9 21.4-33.2
$25,000- 34,999 200 94 48.3 39.6-57.1 36 17.9 12.0-26.0 70 33.7 26.2-42.1
$35,000- 49,999 258 128 53.4 46.0-60.6 52 19.6 14.6-25.8 78 27.1 21.3-33.7
$50,000- 74,999 341 171 49.4 43.1-55.7 77 20.6 16.0-26.1 93 30.0 24.4-36.3
$75,000+ 789 271 34.5 30.7-38.6 211 24.9 21.6-28.6 307 40.5 36.5-44.6
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 661 358 55.6 50.7-60.4 143 19.7 16.3-23.6 160 24.7 20.6-29.2
No 1,733 757 44.1 41.3-47.0 364 20.0 17.9-22.3 612 35.9 33.2-38.6
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 620 309 51.3 46.3-56.1 144 21.1 17.5-25.1 167 27.7 23.5-32.2
Non-Veteran 1,782 811 46.1 43.3-49.0 365 19.5 17.4-21.7 606 34.4 31.8-37.1
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT1
Urban 780 295 41.1 36.9-45.3 185 22.2 19.0-25.8 300 36.7 32.9-40.7
Regional City or Suburban County 638 296 46.4 41.8-51.1 139 18.7 15.5-22.3 203 34.9 30.6-39.5
Rural 988 530 53.9 49.9-57.9 185 18.3 15.6-21.5 273 27.7 24.3-31.4
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 1,436 566 39.8 36.8-42.9 317 21.8 19.4-24.4 553 38.4 35.5-41.4
Unemployed 134 *** *** *** 14 11.1 6.2-19.1 *** *** ***
Retired 576 312 57.4 52.3-62.4 149 23.6 19.6-28.0 115 19.0 15.4-23.2
Unable to Work 171 123 73.9 65.3-81.1 22 11.3 7.0-17.8 26 14.7 9.3-22.5
Other not in Labor Force 75 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 43 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 195 126 62.6 52.6-71.6 17 7.2 3.9-12.9 52 30.2 21.7-40.5
101% to 150% 242 133 57.5 49.8-65.0 46 20.2 14.7-27.2 63 22.2 17.0-28.6
151% to 200% 194 111 56.3 47.6-64.6 28 13.3 8.4-20.3 55 30.4 23.2-38.7
More than 200% 1,329 527 39.4 36.3-42.6 330 23.2 20.7-25.9 472 37.4 34.4-40.6
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 655 365 55.0 50.1-59.8 120 18.0 14.6-22.0 170 27.0 22.9-31.6
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 730 378 52.4 47.9-56.9 138 17.9 14.9-21.3 214 29.7 25.8-34.0
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 1,021 378 39.9 36.3-43.6 251 22.1 19.3-25.1 392 38.1 34.6-41.6
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 753 309 42.9 38.7-47.2 166 18.7 15.8-22.0 278 38.3 34.3-42.6
2nd Quartile 649 279 44.5 39.9-49.2 153 22.3 18.8-26.1 217 33.2 29.1-37.7
3rd Quartile 669 331 50.2 45.6-54.8 132 17.8 14.8-21.4 206 31.9 27.9-36.3
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 335 202 60.8 53.6-67.6 58 19.9 14.6-26.5 75 19.3 14.4-25.3

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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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