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
-Non-Hispanic White 3,480 1,700 48.6 46.5-50.6 654 17.6 16.2-19.2 1,126 33.8 32.0-35.7
GENDER
Male 1,555 673 44.0 41.1-47.0 363 21.4 19.2-23.9 519 34.6 31.8-37.4
Female 1,925 1,027 52.7 49.9-55.4 291 14.2 12.4-16.2 607 33.2 30.7-35.8
AGE
18-34 623 216 36.6 32.3-41.0 94 14.7 11.9-18.1 313 48.7 44.3-53.1
35-44 390 142 38.6 33.0-44.5 63 16.0 12.3-20.6 185 45.4 39.7-51.2
45-54 533 246 46.3 41.3-51.3 98 19.7 16.0-24.0 189 34.0 29.6-38.7
55-64 678 355 54.7 50.2-59.1 128 17.7 14.5-21.4 195 27.6 23.9-31.7
65-74 713 396 57.0 52.4-61.4 158 21.1 17.7-24.8 159 22.0 18.5-25.9
75+ 494 317 68.1 62.8-72.9 105 18.5 14.8-22.9 72 13.4 10.2-17.4
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 187 151 80.2 72.7-86.0 16 8.3 4.8-13.8 20 11.6 7.1-18.2
H.S. or G.E.D. 826 514 59.0 55.0-62.9 110 13.4 10.9-16.4 202 27.6 24.1-31.3
Some Post-H.S. 993 519 48.2 44.6-51.9 165 17.8 15.1-20.8 309 34.0 30.6-37.6
College Graduate 1,468 513 32.4 29.7-35.2 362 23.2 20.9-25.8 593 44.3 41.4-47.3
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 186 132 70.9 62.1-78.4 *** *** *** 38 21.0 14.7-29.1
$15,000- 24,999 378 255 65.4 59.2-71.1 47 13.5 9.7-18.6 76 21.1 16.5-26.5
$25,000- 34,999 257 154 58.6 50.9-65.9 37 14.2 9.6-20.7 66 27.2 21.0-34.4
$35,000- 49,999 402 207 52.3 46.4-58.0 67 15.5 11.9-20.0 128 32.2 27.1-37.8
$50,000- 74,999 481 229 47.9 42.6-53.3 100 18.6 14.9-23.1 152 33.5 28.6-38.8
$75,000+ 1,171 382 32.7 29.5-35.9 274 21.6 19.0-24.4 515 45.8 42.4-49.1
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 1,039 649 63.5 59.8-67.0 171 14.5 12.2-17.2 219 22.0 19.1-25.3
No 2,432 1,047 42.6 40.3-45.0 482 18.9 17.2-20.8 903 38.5 36.2-40.8
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 478 221 48.6 43.1-54.1 112 21.5 17.4-26.2 145 29.9 25.3-35.1
Non-Veteran 2,999 1,478 48.6 46.4-50.7 542 17.1 15.5-18.7 979 34.4 32.4-36.4
RURAL-URBAN CATEGORY1
Urban 966 327 34.1 30.6-37.7 218 21.2 18.3-24.3 421 44.8 41.2-48.5
Regional City or Suburban County 999 513 51.4 47.6-55.1 199 18.3 15.7-21.3 287 30.3 27.0-33.8
Rural 1,515 860 57.7 54.6-60.7 237 14.3 12.3-16.5 418 28.0 25.4-30.9
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 1,794 686 37.9 35.3-40.6 365 19.9 17.8-22.1 743 42.2 39.5-44.9
Unemployed 171 87 50.9 42.4-59.4 17 10.7 6.3-17.7 67 38.4 30.5-46.9
Retired 1,071 632 61.8 58.2-65.4 225 19.1 16.4-22.0 214 19.1 16.4-22.1
Unable to Work 222 174 76.4 68.6-82.8 21 10.2 6.0-16.7 27 13.4 8.7-20.0
Other not in Labor Force 209 114 56.2 48.4-63.7 23 9.3 5.8-14.4 72 34.5 27.6-42.2
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 56 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 222 161 72.0 63.9-78.8 *** *** *** 47 21.2 15.3-28.6
101% to 150% 303 182 59.1 52.2-65.6 48 17.8 13.1-23.7 73 23.1 18.1-29.0
151% to 200% 304 194 62.0 55.1-68.4 31 9.6 6.2-14.6 79 28.4 22.8-34.9
More than 200% 1,978 777 38.7 36.2-41.3 438 20.6 18.6-22.7 763 40.7 38.2-43.4
HOUSING
Own 2,593 1,258 49.0 46.7-51.3 523 18.7 17.0-20.6 812 32.3 30.2-34.5
Rent 664 301 41.5 37.2-45.9 101 14.3 11.5-17.6 262 44.2 39.8-48.8
Other arrangement 202 126 59.3 50.9-67.1 28 14.5 9.6-21.2 48 26.2 19.7-34.1
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 833 508 58.0 53.8-62.1 131 15.5 12.7-18.8 194 26.5 22.9-30.5
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 1,141 621 56.3 52.8-59.7 191 15.4 13.1-18.0 329 28.3 25.3-31.5
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 1,506 571 38.6 35.7-41.6 332 20.2 18.0-22.7 603 41.2 38.3-44.1
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 1,250 516 42.2 38.9-45.5 248 17.8 15.4-20.4 486 40.0 36.9-43.3
2nd Quartile 941 449 48.7 44.9-52.5 189 18.6 15.9-21.5 303 32.7 29.3-36.3
3rd Quartile 932 496 53.2 49.3-57.0 169 16.7 14.1-19.7 267 30.1 26.7-33.7
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 357 239 60.8 53.9-67.3 48 15.9 11.4-21.9 70 23.2 17.9-29.7

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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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