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Selected estimates from the 2016 National Health Interview Survey

In an early release, the National Center for Health Statistics has published updated estimates for 15 selected health measures, including alcohol consumption, based on data from the 2016 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The Early Release measures are being published prior to final data editing and final weighting to provide access to the most recent information.

For 2016, the 25% of adults aged 18 and over had at least 1 heavy drinking day in the past year. The percentage for men was 31.6%, not significantly different from the 2015 estimate of 29.9%. The percentage for women w was 18.9% . This was higher than the 2015 estimate of 17.4%.

For both sexes combined, the percentage of adults who had at least 1 heavy drinking day in the past year was highest among adults aged 18–24 (32.8%) and 25–44 (35.2%), and decreased with increasing age after age 45. This pattern was also observed for men.

The age-sex-adjusted percentage of adults by race and ethnicity who had at least 1 heavy drinking day in the past year was 22.1% for Hispanic adults, 31.2% for non-Hispanic white adults, and 15.4% for non- Hispanic black adults. Non-Hispanic white adults were the most likely to have had at least 1 heavy drinking day in the past year compared with Hispanic adults and non-Hispanic black adults. Hispanic adults were more likely to have had at least 1 heavy drinking day in the past year compared with non-Hispanic black adults.

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