Nearly 5 percent of American adults in 2018 engaged in heavy drinking

According to a recent data brief, the number of American adults who engaged in heavy alcoholic drinking reached 5 percent in 2018. The report was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In their data brief of 2018, two-thirds, or an estimated 66 percent of American adults, had engaged in some sort of alcoholic consumption that year.

For the data of heavy alcoholic drinking, the CDC report found that white adults, or 6.4 percent of the survey’s respondents, were more likely than Hispanic, Black, or Asian adults of engaging in excessive alcohol consumption.

Furthermore, the report also indicated that adults susceptible to mental health adversities, such as anxiety or depression, were more likely to have engaged in heavy alcoholic drinking in 2018.

“Heavy drinking is defined as the average consumption of more than 7 drinks per week for women and more than 14 drinks per week for men in the past year,” based on the CDC’s report.

“This report describes adult alcohol use in the United States and presents the prevalence of heavy drinking by demographic characteristics, select mental health indicators, and select measures of health care access and utilization.”

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