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More Americans drinking alcohol– but not consuming more

Researchers analysed national alcohol consumption patterns among people who took part in the 1991- 1992 National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiologic Survey and the 2001-2002 National Epidemiologic Study on Alcohol and Related Conditions. Each survey included about 43,000 people. Drinkers were defined as people who had consumed at least 12 drinks that contained at least 0.6 ounces of any kind of alcohol within the past year.
While more Caucasians, Hispanics and African- Americans reported drinking between 1992 and 2002, only Caucasian women consumed more drinks per person. The number of drinks that African- Americans and Hispanics consumed leveled out over the 10-year time period.
In addition to an increase in the number of both male and female drinkers within all three ethnic groups, the researchers also found that among women, Caucasians were more likely than Hispanics or African-Americans to consume five or more drinks a day or drink to intoxication. An increase in drinking five or more drinks a day was also detected among the heavier drinkers in the population, suggesting a potential polarization of drinking practices.
Dr. Caetan, Regional Dean and professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health, said that the team also identified several sociodemographic predictors for whether someone was more likely to drink to intoxication. They found that males younger than 60 who did not have a college degree were likely to consume more drinks per month. Being unemployed or unmarried also were identified as risk factors for males getting intoxicated more than once a month, he added.

Source: Sociodemographic Predictors of Pattern and Volume of Alcohol Consumption Across Hispanics,
Blacks, and Whites: 10-Year Trend (1992-2002). Raul Caetano, Jonali Baruah, Suhasini Ramisetty-
Mikler, Malembe S. Ebama. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 2010; 34 (10): 1782 DOI

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