Alcohol use in persons aged 12 or older in the U.S. by age 2018

This statistic displays the percentage of persons in the U.S. who had current, binge, and heavy alcohol use in the past month among persons aged 12 or older in the United States, by age group, in 2018. During this year, 8.7 percent of persons between 26 and 29 year olds claimed to have heavy alcohol use. Heavy use refers to five or more drinks on the same occasion on each of five or more days in the last 30 days.

Current, binge, and heavy alcohol use in the United States in 2018, by age group*

Current use (not binge)Binge use (not heavy)Heavy alcohol use
12-13 years1%0.3%0.1%
14-15 years7.4%3.6%0.3%
16-17 years17.9%9.8%1.2%
18-20 years37.6%24.1%5.6%
21-25 years66%41.6%11.2%
26-29 years64.8%38.3%8.7%
30-34 years62%35.6%8.9%
35-39 years60.5%31.9%8.3%
40-44 years60.3%30.6%7.3%
45-49 years58.3%29.3%6.7%
50-54 years59.7%28.5%6.9%
55-59 years53.1%23.8%6.5%
60-64 years53.1%20.3%5.8%
65+ years43.9%10.7%2.5%
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Sources

Release date

August 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Number of respondents

base: around 70,000 persons

Age group

12 years and older

Supplementary notes

* Alcohol use in the past month among persons aged 12 years and older.

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