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2001 National Household  Survey on Drug Abuse

3. Alcohol Use

The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) includes a set of questions asking about the recency and frequency of the consumption of alcoholic beverages, such as beer, wine, whiskey, brandy, and mixed drinks. An extensive list of examples of the kinds of beverages covered is given to respondents prior to the question administration. A "drink" is defined as a can or bottle of beer, a glass of wine or a wine cooler, a shot of liquor, or a mixed drink with liquor in it. Times when the respondent only had a sip or two from a drink are not considered as consumption. For this report, estimates for the prevalence of alcohol use are reported primarily at three levels defined for both men and women and for all ages as follows:

A summary of the findings from the 2001 NHSDA alcohol questions is given below:





Underage Alcohol Use






Pregnant Women







College Students





Geographic Area




Association with Illicit Drug and Tobacco Use


Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

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