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Education

In contrast to the pattern for illicit drugs, the higher the level of educational attainment, the more likely was the current use of alcohol. In 1995, 68 percent of adults with college degrees were current drinkers, compared with only 42 percent of those having less than a high school education. Binge alcohol use rates were similar across different levels of education. However, the rate of heavy alcohol use was 3.7 percent among adults who had completed college and 7.1 percent among adults who had not completed high school.

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