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2000 National Survey on Drug Use & Health

Chapter 3. Alcohol Use

A set of questions on the NHSDA asks about the recency and frequency of the consumption of alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, 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 primarily at three levels defined as follows:


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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