1996 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse:  Preliminary Results

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70617 (312B)                 PRELIMINARY DATA - AS OF JUNE 1997 

Table 55.Percentages Reporting Perceptions of Great Risk of Having Five or More Drinks Once or Twice a Week, by Age Group and Demographic Characteristics: 1994 and 1996


AGE GROUP (Years)



12-17

18-25

26-34

35 and Older

Total

Demographic

Characteristic

1994

1996

1994

1996

1994

1996

1994

1996

1994

1996












TOTAL

54.3b

45.2

48.8b

40.0

52.4b

47.6

65.2b

59.4

59.6b

53.4












RACE/

ETHNICITY











White

53.0b

42.8

42.7b

34.6

47.9b

42.2

65.1b

57.3

58.4b

50.9

Black

61.2b

50.4

64.2b

53.8

65.7b

56.3

65.9

62.8

65.0b

58.5

Hispanic

52.1

49.3

61.8b

52.9

66.2

64.1

70.3

70.4

65.2

62.8

Other

56.9

52.0

58.3a

38.9

52.9

62.0

*

*

56.1

62.7












SEX











Male

50.7b

42.0

40.8b

32.7

45.0a

41.0

57.1

53.5

52.0b

47.2

Female

57.9b

48.5

56.6b

47.3

59.5b

53.9

72.4b

64.6

66.7b

59.0












POPULATION

DENSITY1











Large Metro

56.6b

45.2

53.7b

41.7

53.3b

48.0

65.4a

59.2

60.7b

53.5

Small Metro

52.8b

46.5

42.2

39.0

51.2a

45.1

64.3

61.3

58.0

54.1

Nonmetro

52.2b

43.0

47.5b

38.3

52.5

50.6

66.1b

56.7

60.0b

52.0












REGION











Northeast

54.6b

44.7

47.3

40.8

48.1

49.1

63.7

57.5

58.0

53.1

North Central

55.3b

42.1

40.9a

33.9

47.2

43.1

61.3a

54.3

55.8b

48.4

South

53.5b

46.2

51.0b

42.6

54.5a

49.1

67.4

63.1

61.5b

56.3

West

54.0a

47.4

53.8b

41.8

58.2b

48.8

67.7

60.9

62.4b

54.4












ADULT

EDUCATION2











<High School

N/A

N/A

48.7

43.2

56.3

55.0

69.1

69.0

64.2

62.9

High School Grad

N/A

N/A

49.8b

42.0

52.2a

46.5

64.8b

56.3

59.9b

52.5

Some College

N/A

N/A

46.9b

38.7

50.2

51.5

64.9a

56.0

58.5b

51.7

College Graduate

N/A

N/A

50.5b

32.9

52.5b

41.8

62.5

58.6

59.1b

52.6












CURRENT

EMPLOYMENT2











Full-time

N/A

N/A

47.1b

37.1

50.1b

43.9

60.9b

53.8

56.3b

49.1

Part-time

N/A

N/A

50.2b

39.1

52.5

52.9

64.5

61.4

58.9

53.5

Unemployed

N/A

N/A

47.2

40.6

50.7

49.1

53.0

61.5

50.7

52.9

Other3

N/A

N/A

51.2

47.2

63.5

59.9

71.9a

65.5

68.7a

63.2

*Low precision; no estimate reported.

N/A: Not applicable.

NOTE:The questions about levels of risk of using various drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes and about the perceived availability of drugs were not included in the 1995 NHSDA.

1Population density is based on 1990 MSA classifications and their 1990 Census of Population counts.

2Data on adult education and current employment not shown for persons aged 12-17. Estimates for both adult education and current employment are for persons aged > 18.

3Retired, disabled, homemaker, student, or "other."

aDifference between 1994 and 1996 is statistically significant at the .05 level.

bDifference between 1994 and 1996 is statistically significant at the .01 level.

Source: SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, 1994 and 1996.

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