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
-MALES 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
RACE
Non-Hispanic White 881 297 30.4 27.0-34.0 306 35.3 31.7-39.1 136 16.0 13.4-19.1 52 6.8 5.0- 9.1 90 11.5 9.2-14.3
Non-Hispanic Black 174 65 34.8 26.7-43.9 48 23.1 16.8-30.8 37 23.3 15.6-33.3 *** *** *** 16 13.1 7.8-21.1
Other 25 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
AGE
18-34 323 71 22.2 17.4-27.8 92 26.8 21.9-32.3 71 24.2 19.1-30.1 28 9.1 6.0-13.6 61 17.8 13.6-22.9
35-44 208 47 21.3 15.5-28.4 81 41.3 33.5-49.5 34 16.8 10.6-25.4 *** *** *** 36 15.9 10.8-22.7
45-54 212 61 32.0 24.9-40.0 74 32.6 26.0-40.1 32 13.1 8.9-18.8 16 9.2 5.3-15.4 29 13.1 8.7-19.3
55-64 212 87 38.2 30.8-46.1 62 29.4 22.7-37.3 36 17.2 12.1-23.8 12 6.9 3.5-13.2 15 8.3 4.9-13.9
65-74 196 91 46.9 38.7-55.2 65 32.3 25.1-40.5 22 9.8 6.3-15.0 *** *** *** 11 7.2 3.5-14.3
75+ 104 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 81 *** *** *** 18 20.3 12.3-31.6 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
H.S. or G.E.D. 295 74 25.2 19.8-31.5 88 28.8 23.3-35.0 55 19.2 14.4-25.2 24 9.5 6.1-14.5 54 17.3 12.9-22.8
Some Post-H.S. 313 90 28.2 22.8-34.4 103 32.1 26.4-38.4 50 16.7 12.3-22.1 26 8.7 5.6-13.3 44 14.3 10.3-19.5
College Graduate 579 232 36.8 32.4-41.3 201 36.6 32.1-41.2 85 15.7 12.5-19.5 25 4.6 3.0- 7.0 36 6.4 4.4- 9.2
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 44 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$15,000- 24,999 126 25 21.9 13.7-33.1 44 31.6 23.0-41.6 20 14.9 9.3-23.1 *** *** *** 27 22.8 15.2-32.7
$25,000- 34,999 104 *** *** *** 27 24.2 15.7-35.3 22 21.8 13.7-32.9 *** *** *** 18 19.4 11.6-30.6
$35,000- 49,999 126 37 30.7 22.2-40.9 42 31.9 23.4-41.7 22 19.0 12.4-28.2 *** *** *** 16 11.0 6.4-18.2
$50,000- 74,999 168 61 32.0 24.3-40.8 53 34.4 26.3-43.5 24 13.2 8.3-20.5 15 10.8 6.3-17.9 15 9.6 5.1-17.3
$75,000+ 515 184 31.5 27.2-36.2 183 36.7 32.0-41.7 82 17.2 13.6-21.5 21 5.4 3.4- 8.5 45 9.2 6.6-12.6
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 300 116 35.9 29.4-42.9 84 27.5 21.9-33.9 46 16.0 10.5-23.6 16 6.5 3.7-11.3 38 14.1 9.9-19.7
No 968 299 28.9 25.7-32.3 324 33.0 29.7-36.6 160 17.5 14.8-20.6 63 7.2 5.4- 9.5 122 13.4 11.0-16.2
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 307 107 30.0 24.4-36.3 102 34.3 28.2-41.0 51 19.3 14.2-25.7 16 5.3 2.9- 9.6 31 11.1 7.4-16.2
Non-Veteran 964 309 30.5 27.2-34.0 308 31.2 27.9-34.7 156 16.7 14.0-19.9 63 7.5 5.7- 9.8 128 14.0 11.6-16.9
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT1
Urban 477 173 34.7 29.9-39.8 159 32.2 27.6-37.2 69 15.4 12.0-19.5 23 5.3 3.3- 8.3 53 12.5 9.3-16.5
Regional City or Suburban County 339 97 23.3 18.6-28.6 113 33.4 27.8-39.6 55 17.4 13.0-23.0 26 9.1 6.0-13.6 48 16.8 12.4-22.3
Rural 458 147 31.4 26.4-37.0 139 30.0 25.2-35.3 83 19.4 14.7-25.1 30 7.4 4.7-11.3 59 11.8 8.8-15.6
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 857 256 28.8 25.5-32.5 289 34.1 30.5-37.9 140 16.7 14.0-19.7 55 6.8 5.1- 9.1 117 13.6 11.1-16.5
Unemployed 68 *** *** *** 15 18.7 10.5-30.9 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Retired 264 128 48.6 41.2-56.0 82 30.4 24.1-37.5 32 12.7 8.3-18.8 *** *** *** 13 5.3 2.6-10.3
Unable to Work 48 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Other not in Labor Force 30 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 18 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 72 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
101% to 150% 108 *** *** *** 37 30.8 22.0-41.3 13 9.8 5.6-16.7 *** *** *** 24 20.8 13.6-30.4
151% to 200% 83 *** *** *** *** *** *** 14 18.6 10.6-30.7 *** *** *** 12 16.3 9.1-27.4
More than 200% 793 279 31.3 27.7-35.1 270 35.1 31.3-39.1 130 17.4 14.5-20.9 42 6.5 4.6- 9.0 72 9.7 7.4-12.6
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 293 86 26.9 21.0-33.8 97 33.0 26.7-39.9 45 16.3 11.3-22.9 19 8.0 4.5-13.7 46 15.8 11.4-21.5
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 348 110 31.3 25.8-37.4 111 30.7 25.4-36.5 62 17.6 12.8-23.7 24 8.5 5.5-12.9 41 11.9 8.5-16.6
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 633 221 31.2 27.2-35.4 203 32.1 28.0-36.5 100 17.4 14.2-21.1 36 5.8 4.0- 8.4 73 13.5 10.5-17.1
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 438 146 28.3 23.9-33.2 141 33.6 28.5-39.0 75 18.4 14.4-23.1 34 8.3 5.6-12.0 42 11.5 8.3-15.7
2nd Quartile 367 122 31.5 26.3-37.2 108 28.5 23.5-34.0 64 17.9 13.4-23.5 18 5.9 3.6- 9.4 55 16.3 12.2-21.3
3rd Quartile 331 106 29.6 24.2-35.6 119 34.6 29.0-40.7 51 18.4 13.7-24.4 17 5.5 3.2- 9.3 38 11.9 8.4-16.5
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 138 *** *** *** 43 31.9 22.8-42.6 17 6.4 3.6-11.2 *** *** *** 25 13.8 8.7-21.3

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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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