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Current Drinking* Among Adults Aged 18 and Older, by Level of Alcohol Consumption** and Sex, 2008

Current Drinking* Among Women Aged 18 and Older, by Level of Alcohol Consumption,** and Sex 2008
Alcohol Consumption Level Percent of Adults
Female Male

*Had at least one drink in the past year.

**Infrequent indicates 1-11 drinks consumed in the past year; light indicates 3 or fewer drinks per week in the past year; moderate indicates 4 to 7 (for females) or 4 to 14 (for males) drinks per week; heavy indicates more than 7 (for females) or more than 14 (for males) drinks per week.

Source II.1: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey.


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Any 57.3 69.2
Infrequent 17.1 10.0
Light 27.9 31.7
Moderate 8.3 22.7
Heavy 5.0 6.4