Welfare Indicators and Risk Factors: Fourteenth Report to Congress. Employment and Work Risk Factor 5. Adult Alcohol and Substance Abuse

09/22/2015

Figure WORK 5. Percentage of Adults Who Used Cocaine or Marijuana or Abused Alcohol by Age: 2012

Figure WORK 5. Percentage of Adults Who Used Cocaine or Marijuana or Abused Alcohol by Age: 2012

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. “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, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2012.

  • Figure WORK 5 shows the percentage of adults who used cocaine, marijuana, and who abused alcohol by age group in 2012.
  • Adults 18 to 25 years of age were more likely than older adults to report marijuana, binge alcohol or heavy alcohol use in the prior month. For example, 18.7 percent reported using marijuana in the past month during 2012, compared with 11.3 percent of adults 26 to 34 years of age and 3.9 percent of adults 35 years and over.
  • The percentage of adults reporting binge alcohol use was larger than the percentages for all other reported behaviors across all age groups shown.
  • Table WORK 5 shows the percentage of adults who used cocaine or marijuana or abused alcohol from 1999 through 2012.
  • Marijuana use has been trending upward for all age groups. Levels of cocaine use are low compared to use of marijuana and alcohol for all age groups. Since 1999, heavy alcohol use and binge alcohol use has fluctuated across all the age groups but it remains highest amongst 18-25 years old and lowest amongst those 35 years and older.

Table WORK 5. Percentage of Adults Who Used Cocaine or Marijuana or Abused Alcohol by Age: 1999-2012

 

 

Cocaine

Marijuana

Binge Alcohol Use

Heavy Alcohol Use

Ages

18-25

Ages

26-34

Ages 35 & over

Ages

18-25

Ages

26-34

Ages 35 & over

Ages

18-25

Ages

26-34

Ages 35 & over

Ages

18-25

Ages

26-34

Ages 35 & over

1999

1.7

1.2

0.4

14.2

5.4

2.2

37.9

29.3

16.0

13.3

7.5

4.2

2000

1.4

0.8

0.3

13.6

5.9

2.3

37.8

30.3

16.4

12.8

7.6

4.1

2001

1.9

1.1

0.5

16.0

6.8

2.4

38.7

30.1

16.2

13.6

7.8

4.2

2002

2.0

1.2

0.6

17.3

7.7

3.1

40.9

33.1

18.6

14.9

9.0

5.2

2003

2.2

1.5

0.6

17.0

8.4

3.0

41.6

32.9

18.1

15.1

9.4

5.1

2004

2.1

1.4

0.5

16.1

8.3

3.1

41.2

32.2

18.5

15.1

9.4

5.3

2005

2.6

1.3

0.6

16.6

8.6

3.0

41.9

32.9

18.3

15.3

9.6

4.7

2006

2.2

1.7

0.6

16.3

8.5

3.2

42.2

34.2

18.4

15.6

10.0

5.1

2007

1.7

1.4

0.6

16.4

7.9

3.0

41.8

35.1

18.9

14.7

9.7

5.3

2008

1.5

1.5

0.4

16.5

8.8

3.2

41.0

36.4

18.8

14.5

10.6

5.3

2009

1.4

1.0

0.5

18.1

9.6

3.4

41.7

36.3

19.2

13.7

10.1

5.3

2010

1.5

1.1

0.3

18.5

10.5

3.4

40.6

36.5

18.6

13.6

10.3

5.1

2011

1.4

0.8

0.3

19.0

10.2

3.6

39.8

35.7

18.4

12.1

10.5

4.6

2012

1.1

1.2

0.5

18.7

11.3

3.9

39.5

35.6

19.0

12.7

9.4

5.4

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.  “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, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2000-2012.

 

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