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Indicator 3.5.2: Harmful use of alcohol, defined according to the national context as alcohol per capita consumption (aged 15 years and older) within a calendar year in litres of pure alcohol

Percent of US persons 12 years of age and older reporting current heavy alcohol consumption

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Actual indicator available Percent of persons 12 years of age and older reporting current binge alcohol consumption; Percent of persons 12 years of age and older reporting current heavy alcohol consumption.
Actual indicator available - description Current_binge_alcohol is defined as drinking five or more drinks (for males) and four or more drinks (for females) on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days (past month). Current_heavy_alcohol is defined as binge drinking on the same occasion on each of 5 or more days in the past 30 days (past month). All current (past month) heavy alcohol users are also current (past month) binge alcohol users.
Date of national source publication September 2017
Method of computation
Periodicity The NSDUH is an annual data collection with data collection occurring continuously from early January through late December.
Scheduled update by national source Results from the 2017 NSDUH are scheduled for release by September 2018.
U.S. method of computation The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is an annual survey of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years old or older. The survey covers residents of households and individuals in noninstitutional group quarters (e.g., shelters, boarding houses, college dormitories, migratory workers' camps, halfway houses). The survey excludes people with no fixed address (e.g., homeless people not in shelters), military personnel on active duty, and residents of institutional group quarters, such as jails, nursing homes, mental institutions, and long-term care hospitals. The NSDUH employs a stratified multistage area probability sample that is designed to be representative of both the nation as a whole and for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Comments and limitations The 2015 and 2016 NSDUH binge alcohol and heavy alcohol use data are not comparable to prior survey years (2002-2014 NSDUH) due to methodological changes, including changing the definition begininning in 2015 for females from five to four drinks. See NSDUH Methodological Resource Books (MRB) for detailed description of each annaual NSDUH survey (https://www.samhsa.gov/data/population-data-nsduh/reports?tab=39).
Date metadata updated 2017-10-10
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Unit of measurement Current (past month or past 30 days) binge alcohol and heavy alcohol use data. The 30 days reference the date of interview completed through the annual NSDUH data collection.
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Time period 2015 and 2016. Comparable 2002-2014 NSDUH data are not available.
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Indicator name Harmful use of alcohol, defined according to the national context as alcohol per capita consumption (aged 15 years and older) within a calendar year in litres of pure alcohol
Target name Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.
Global indicator description
UN designated tier 1
UN custodial agency WHO
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Organisation U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)/National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
Agency Staff Name Peter Tice
Agency Survey Dataset U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)/National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
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