2020 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Alcohol Consumption

Excessive Drinking*

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  Total
Respond.^
Yes No
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
North Carolina 5,329 771 15.6 14.4-16.8 4,558 84.4 83.2-85.6
-MALES 2,369 461 19.4 17.6-21.4 1,908 80.6 78.6-82.4
RACE
Non-Hispanic White 1,543 328 21.7 19.3-24.2 1,215 78.3 75.8-80.7
Non-Hispanic Black 389 53 15.4 11.4-20.5 336 84.6 79.5-88.6
Other 63 *** *** *** *** *** ***
AGE
18-34 536 150 25.4 21.6-29.7 386 74.6 70.3-78.4
35-44 335 78 22.8 17.8-28.7 257 77.2 71.3-82.2
45-54 396 80 19.2 15.1-24.2 316 80.8 75.8-84.9
55-64 424 56 13.9 10.5-18.2 368 86.1 81.8-89.5
65-74 414 61 12.6 9.4-16.6 353 87.4 83.4-90.6
75+ 248 36 13.1 8.9-19.0 212 86.9 81.0-91.1
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 218 33 12.7 8.5-18.4 185 87.3 81.6-91.5
H.S. or G.E.D. 649 118 17.6 14.5-21.2 531 82.4 78.8-85.5
Some Post-H.S. 617 132 22.1 18.5-26.3 485 77.9 73.7-81.5
College Graduate 876 177 21.5 18.4-25.0 699 78.5 75.0-81.6
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 117 22 21.9 13.5-33.5 95 78.1 66.5-86.5
$15,000- 24,999 314 58 18.9 14.2-24.6 256 81.1 75.4-85.8
$25,000- 34,999 197 40 19.5 13.7-26.9 157 80.5 73.1-86.3
$35,000- 49,999 256 45 16.2 11.7-22.0 211 83.8 78.0-88.3
$50,000- 74,999 337 56 16.5 12.1-22.0 281 83.5 78.0-87.9
$75,000+ 783 173 23.0 19.7-26.7 610 77.0 73.3-80.3
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 651 110 15.2 12.2-18.7 541 84.8 81.3-87.8
No 1,706 349 20.9 18.7-23.3 1,357 79.1 76.7-81.3
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 616 110 17.4 14.1-21.3 506 82.6 78.7-85.9
Non-Veteran 1,750 350 19.9 17.8-22.3 1,400 80.1 77.7-82.2
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT1
Urban 762 166 20.9 17.7-24.5 596 79.1 75.5-82.3
Regional City or Suburban County 629 120 20.5 16.9-24.6 509 79.5 75.4-83.1
Rural 978 175 17.1 14.5-20.1 803 82.9 79.9-85.5
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 1,403 308 22.0 19.6-24.7 1,095 78.0 75.3-80.4
Unemployed 133 38 27.3 19.3-37.1 95 72.7 62.9-80.7
Retired 576 85 13.2 10.3-16.8 491 86.8 83.2-89.7
Unable to Work 169 12 7.4 3.7-14.4 157 92.6 85.6-96.3
Other not in Labor Force 74 17 18.6 11.0-29.9 57 81.4 70.1-89.0
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 41 *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 196 34 17.7 11.7-25.9 162 82.3 74.1-88.3
101% to 150% 240 43 15.2 10.9-20.8 197 84.8 79.2-89.1
151% to 200% 194 29 16.3 11.1-23.3 165 83.7 76.7-88.9
More than 200% 1,317 275 21.5 19.0-24.3 1,042 78.5 75.7-81.0
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 654 111 18.0 14.5-22.0 543 82.0 78.0-85.5
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 724 122 16.5 13.6-19.9 602 83.5 80.1-86.4
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 991 228 22.2 19.3-25.3 763 77.8 74.7-80.7
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 738 168 22.8 19.5-26.6 570 77.2 73.4-80.5
2nd Quartile 636 127 19.7 16.3-23.5 509 80.3 76.5-83.7
3rd Quartile 658 116 17.7 14.5-21.4 542 82.3 78.6-85.5
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 337 50 13.4 9.4-18.7 287 86.6 81.3-90.6

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*Data in this table were derived from the alcohol consumption questions. This question was asked of all respondents.

Yes refers to respondents who said they had drank in the past 30 days and had at least one binge drinking episode (5 or more drinks on one occasion for men 4 or more drinks for women)
or were heavy drinkers (2 or more drinks per day for men, more than 1 drink per day for women).

No refers to respondents who said they did not drink in the past 30 days or who were not heavy drinkers and had no binge drinking episodes.

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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