1997 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse
Alcohol Use and Use of Other Drugs (Tables 7.10 to 7.12)
These associations were especially pronounced among younger drinkers. For example, past month alcohol users aged 12 to 17 and those aged 18 to 25 were about 14 and 8 times, respectively, as likely as nonusers within their age groups to report past month illicit drug use. The differences were not as great among the 26 to 34 age group, but they still represent a well-established association between alcohol use and other drug use.
Tables 7.11 and 7.12 show similar and even stronger patterns of the relationship between "binge" and heavy alcohol use and other drug use. For the total population, "binge" alcohol users were almost six times as likely as those who had not "binged" to have used an illicit drug in the past month (22% and 4%, respectively). Heavy drinkers were six times as likely as those not reporting heavy use to report illicit drug use in the past month (30% and 5%, respectively). About three out of four adolescents who reported past month heavy alcohol use also used an illicit drug in the past month.
18 Also see, for example, NIDA (1991, Table 7.9) for the 1990 NHSDA; OAS (1993, Table 7.9) for the 1991 NHSDA; OAS (1995a, Table 7.9) for the 1992 NHSDA; OAS (1995b, Table 7.9) for the 1993 NHSDA; OAS (1996a, Table 7.10) for the 1994 NHSDA; OAS (1997, Table 7.10) for the 1995 NHSDA; and OAS (1998a, Tables 7.10 and 7.12) for the 1996 NHSDA.
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