Indicators of Welfare Dependence: Annual Report to Congress, 2004. Employment and Work-related Risk Factor 6. Adult Alcohol and Substance Abuse

04/27/2005

Figure WORK 6. Percentage of Adults Who Used Cocaine or Marijuana or Abused Alcohol, by Age: 2002

Figure WORK 6. Percentage of Adults Who Used Cocaine or Marijuana or Abused Alcohol, by Age: 2002

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.


  • In 2002, young adults (ages 18 to 25) were more likely than older adults to report alcohol abuse, marijuana use, or cocaine use in the past month. More than one in six (17 percent) of adults 18 to 25 reported using marijuana in the past month during 2002, compared with 8 percent of adults 26 to 34 and 3 percent of adults 35 and older. Young adults were also significantly more likely to abuse alcohol than older adults.
  • The percentage of persons reporting binge alcohol use was significantly larger than the percentages for all other reported behaviors across all age groups, as shown in Table WORK 6.
  • Among all adult age categories, the use of cocaine, marijuana and alcohol abuse increased in 2002 to the highest level in 4 years, as shown in Table Work 6.
Table WORK 6. Percentage of Adults Who Used Cocaine or Marijuana or Abused Alcohol, by Age: 1999 - 2002
 
  1999 2000 2001 2002
Cocaine
Ages 18-25 1.7 1.4 1.9 2.0
Ages 26-34 1.2 0.8 1.1 1.2
Age 35 and Over 0.4 0.3 0.5 0.6
Marijuana
Ages 18-25 14.2 13.6 16.0 17.3
Ages 26-34 5.4 5.9 6.8 7.7
Age 35 and Over 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1
Binge Alcohol Use
Ages 18-25 37.9 37.8 38.7 40.9
Ages 26-34 29.3 30.3 30.1 33.1
Age 35 and Over 16.0 16.4 16.2 18.6
Heavy Alcohol Use
Ages 18-25 13.3 12.8 13.6 14.9
Ages 26-34 7.5 7.6 7.8 9.0
Age 35 and Over 4.2 4.1 4.2 5.2

Note: Cocaine and marijuana use is defined as use during the past month. “Binge Alcohol Use” is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion on at least one day in the past 30 days. "Occasion" means at the same time or within a couple hours of each other. “Heavy Alcohol Use” is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion on each of five or more days in the past 30 days; all Heavy Alcohol Users are also Binge Alcohol Users.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

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