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
-Non-Hispanic White 3,461 552 17.1 15.6-18.6 2,909 82.9 81.4-84.4
GENDER
Male 1,543 328 21.7 19.3-24.2 1,215 78.3 75.8-80.7
Female 1,918 224 12.9 11.2-14.9 1,694 87.1 85.1-88.8
AGE
18-34 614 169 26.8 23.1-30.9 445 73.2 69.1-76.9
35-44 389 88 21.9 17.5-27.1 301 78.1 72.9-82.5
45-54 532 81 15.4 12.2-19.3 451 84.6 80.7-87.8
55-64 678 88 13.0 10.3-16.3 590 87.0 83.7-89.7
65-74 709 77 9.9 7.7-12.8 632 90.1 87.2-92.3
75+ 496 47 9.6 6.8-13.3 449 90.4 86.7-93.2
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 186 *** *** *** *** *** ***
H.S. or G.E.D. 825 115 15.4 12.7-18.5 710 84.6 81.5-87.3
Some Post-H.S. 980 156 18.0 15.3-21.0 824 82.0 79.0-84.7
College Graduate 1,464 270 20.2 17.8-22.8 1,194 79.8 77.2-82.2
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 186 21 12.9 8.0-20.1 165 87.1 79.9-92.0
$15,000- 24,999 378 48 14.1 10.4-18.9 330 85.9 81.1-89.6
$25,000- 34,999 255 30 11.5 7.8-16.6 225 88.5 83.4-92.2
$35,000- 49,999 401 64 16.7 12.7-21.6 337 83.3 78.4-87.3
$50,000- 74,999 479 76 14.9 11.6-19.0 403 85.1 81.0-88.4
$75,000+ 1,164 247 23.1 20.3-26.2 917 76.9 73.8-79.7
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 1,034 125 12.3 10.1-15.0 909 87.7 85.0-89.9
No 2,418 425 18.9 17.1-20.9 1,993 81.1 79.1-82.9
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 477 95 18.6 14.9-23.0 382 81.4 77.0-85.1
Non-Veteran 2,981 456 16.8 15.3-18.5 2,525 83.2 81.5-84.7
RURAL-URBAN CATEGORY1
Urban 962 205 22.2 19.2-25.4 757 77.8 74.6-80.8
Regional City or Suburban County 992 136 15.2 12.6-18.1 856 84.8 81.9-87.4
Rural 1,507 211 14.6 12.6-16.9 1,296 85.4 83.1-87.4
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 1,782 360 21.4 19.2-23.7 1,422 78.6 76.3-80.8
Unemployed 170 35 20.0 14.0-27.7 135 80.0 72.3-86.0
Retired 1,070 115 9.8 7.9-12.1 955 90.2 87.9-92.1
Unable to Work 219 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Other not in Labor Force 207 34 17.7 12.5-24.6 173 82.3 75.4-87.5
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 56 *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 221 27 14.0 9.1-20.7 194 86.0 79.3-90.9
101% to 150% 301 39 12.3 8.7-17.0 262 87.7 83.0-91.3
151% to 200% 305 35 13.0 9.2-18.2 270 87.0 81.8-90.8
More than 200% 1,968 376 20.4 18.3-22.6 1,592 79.6 77.4-81.7
HOUSING
Own 2,585 379 15.5 13.8-17.2 2,206 84.5 82.8-86.2
Rent 657 142 24.5 20.7-28.7 515 75.5 71.3-79.3
Other arrangement 200 31 17.9 12.4-25.2 169 82.1 74.8-87.6
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 831 104 15.1 12.2-18.5 727 84.9 81.5-87.8
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 1,137 151 13.6 11.5-16.2 986 86.4 83.8-88.5
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 1,493 297 20.6 18.2-23.1 1,196 79.4 76.9-81.8
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 1,243 233 19.7 17.1-22.4 1,010 80.3 77.6-82.9
2nd Quartile 934 155 17.4 14.7-20.4 779 82.6 79.6-85.3
3rd Quartile 927 124 14.0 11.5-16.8 803 86.0 83.2-88.5
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 357 40 14.6 10.3-20.4 317 85.4 79.6-89.7

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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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