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
-Non-Hispanic White 1,776 782 39.9 37.3-42.6 580 34.2 31.6-36.8 221 12.9 11.2-14.9 79 5.3 4.2- 6.8 114 7.6 6.2- 9.3
GENDER
Male 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
Female 895 485 50.2 46.3-54.1 274 32.9 29.3-36.7 85 9.6 7.5-12.1 27 3.8 2.5- 5.8 24 3.5 2.2- 5.5
AGE
18-34 401 112 27.8 23.2-33.0 141 34.0 29.1-39.3 75 18.8 14.9-23.5 27 8.0 5.4-11.6 46 11.4 8.4-15.3
35-44 248 87 33.3 27.0-40.3 83 37.1 30.3-44.4 42 15.8 11.4-21.5 15 5.0 2.9- 8.6 21 8.7 5.3-13.9
45-54 286 114 40.2 34.0-46.8 112 39.1 32.9-45.7 30 9.1 6.2-13.2 *** *** *** 18 6.8 4.1-11.1
55-64 326 157 45.6 39.3-52.1 97 31.8 26.1-38.3 46 13.4 9.7-18.1 *** *** *** *** *** ***
65-74 313 178 55.2 48.4-61.7 97 31.6 25.8-38.1 19 4.9 3.0- 8.0 *** *** *** *** *** ***
75+ 179 119 64.0 55.1-72.1 43 26.4 19.3-35.1 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 37 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
H.S. or G.E.D. 316 105 31.3 25.8-37.4 103 32.8 27.2-38.9 48 14.8 10.9-19.8 21 8.6 5.4-13.3 39 12.6 9.0-17.3
Some Post-H.S. 467 192 37.3 32.5-42.4 152 34.3 29.5-39.5 63 14.0 10.7-18.0 25 5.6 3.7- 8.5 35 8.8 6.2-12.4
College Graduate 953 468 46.2 42.6-49.9 315 35.1 31.7-38.7 104 11.4 9.2-13.9 29 3.3 2.2- 4.9 37 3.9 2.8- 5.6
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 55 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
$15,000- 24,999 124 47 38.7 29.1-49.4 37 24.7 17.3-33.8 16 10.7 6.2-17.8 *** *** *** 15 17.2 10.1-27.7
$25,000- 34,999 101 *** *** *** *** *** *** 14 19.1 11.1-31.0 *** *** *** *** *** ***
$35,000- 49,999 195 87 39.0 31.6-46.9 62 32.2 25.1-40.1 24 14.4 9.5-21.3 *** *** *** 14 8.6 4.8-15.0
$50,000- 74,999 251 106 38.9 32.0-46.3 84 37.6 30.6-45.2 34 12.3 8.3-17.7 15 6.1 3.5-10.4 *** *** ***
$75,000+ 784 344 39.6 35.8-43.6 277 37.8 33.9-41.9 94 12.5 10.0-15.6 23 3.5 2.2- 5.3 46 6.6 4.8- 9.0
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 389 180 40.6 34.9-46.4 111 30.1 25.0-35.8 48 12.0 8.6-16.5 22 7.8 4.9-12.2 28 9.5 6.3-14.1
No 1,382 599 39.8 36.8-42.8 468 35.2 32.3-38.3 172 13.1 11.1-15.3 57 4.7 3.6- 6.3 86 7.2 5.7- 9.0
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 255 92 32.2 25.8-39.3 89 37.7 30.8-45.1 36 15.3 10.5-21.7 15 5.6 3.1- 9.8 23 9.2 5.9-14.1
Non-Veteran 1,519 689 41.1 38.2-44.0 490 33.6 30.9-36.5 185 12.6 10.8-14.7 64 5.3 4.1- 6.9 91 7.4 5.9- 9.2
RURAL-URBAN CATEGORY1
Urban 636 283 41.8 37.5-46.3 231 36.8 32.6-41.2 61 10.2 7.8-13.2 25 4.5 3.0- 6.9 36 6.6 4.6- 9.5
Regional City or Suburban County 485 212 39.1 34.3-44.3 145 30.9 26.2-36.0 66 13.6 10.4-17.5 31 8.4 5.7-12.1 31 8.0 5.5-11.7
Rural 655 287 38.4 34.1-42.9 204 34.0 29.7-38.6 94 15.6 12.5-19.4 23 3.5 2.2- 5.6 47 8.4 6.2-11.5
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 1,106 436 36.5 33.3-39.7 396 37.9 34.6-41.3 149 13.3 11.2-15.7 49 5.0 3.7- 6.8 76 7.3 5.7- 9.3
Unemployed 86 *** *** *** 20 22.2 14.0-33.1 17 15.5 9.4-24.5 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Retired 438 259 57.5 51.7-63.0 122 28.1 23.3-33.4 34 8.0 5.2-12.0 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Unable to Work 46 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Other not in Labor Force 94 34 29.3 20.5-40.0 28 27.9 19.2-38.7 13 18.7 10.8-30.5 *** *** *** *** *** ***
POVERTY LEVEL2
Less than 50% 16 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
50% to 100% 62 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
101% to 150% 119 *** *** *** 36 27.3 19.3-37.0 13 10.4 5.8-18.0 *** *** *** *** *** ***
151% to 200% 113 *** *** *** 40 36.1 26.7-46.7 13 12.9 7.2-21.9 *** *** *** *** *** ***
More than 200% 1,193 527 39.5 36.3-42.7 405 36.7 33.5-40.1 149 13.2 11.0-15.7 43 4.1 3.0- 5.7 69 6.5 5.0- 8.4
HOUSING
Own 1,335 633 42.9 39.8-46.1 442 35.3 32.3-38.4 148 11.6 9.7-13.8 49 4.3 3.1- 5.8 63 5.9 4.5- 7.7
Rent 359 120 30.6 25.4-36.2 117 32.2 26.9-38.0 63 18.3 14.1-23.5 20 7.0 4.3-11.1 39 11.9 8.4-16.7
Other arrangement 76 *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** 11 16.4 8.9-28.3
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 328 133 33.7 27.9-39.9 106 37.7 31.4-44.5 49 14.6 10.7-19.7 13 4.0 2.2- 7.1 27 10.1 6.7-14.9
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 519 232 41.5 36.6-46.5 172 32.8 28.4-37.6 60 11.7 8.8-15.3 23 5.9 3.8- 9.1 32 8.1 5.5-11.7
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 929 417 41.0 37.4-44.7 302 33.9 30.4-37.5 112 13.1 10.7-15.9 43 5.5 3.9- 7.6 55 6.6 4.9- 8.9
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 730 334 42.2 38.1-46.5 229 31.7 27.9-35.8 87 12.6 10.0-15.8 41 7.2 5.1- 9.9 39 6.3 4.4- 8.8
2nd Quartile 491 204 37.4 32.7-42.3 165 34.6 30.0-39.6 64 13.3 10.2-17.1 20 5.0 3.1- 8.0 38 9.7 6.9-13.5
3rd Quartile 433 194 40.6 35.3-46.1 149 36.5 31.3-42.0 53 13.7 10.2-18.1 14 3.3 1.8- 5.8 23 5.9 3.8- 9.1
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 122 *** *** *** *** *** *** 17 10.0 5.7-16.9 *** *** *** 14 11.5 6.4-19.9

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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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