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Alcohol Use

This indicator shows the percentage of people aged 12 or older who had at least one drink of alcohol during the month prior to the survey.

Alcohol Use

48.51
50.8
Comparison: TX State Value 

50.8

percent
Measurement Period: 2010-2012

Substate Region: 3a

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Technical Note: The regional value is compared to the Texas state value.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: September 2014

Why is this important?

Alcohol is the most commonly used substance in the United States. About half of Americans aged 12 or older report past month use of alcohol. According to research by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, adolescents who begin drinking at a young age are more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21. Alcohol use also impairs judgment and can lead to other high-risk behaviors such as drunk driving and sexual activity.

Alcohol Use : Time Series

2004-2006: 51.0 2006-2008: 47.9 2008-2010: 51.4 2010-2012: 50.8

percent

Alcohol Use by Age

12-17: 12.2 18+: 55.7 18-25: 58.2 26+: 55.3 Overall: 50.8

percent

Alcohol Use

Comparison: Prior Value 

50.8

percent
Measurement Period: 2010-2012

Substate Region: 3a

View All Location Types

Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: September 2014

Why is this important?

Alcohol is the most commonly used substance in the United States. About half of Americans aged 12 or older report past month use of alcohol. According to research by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, adolescents who begin drinking at a young age are more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21. Alcohol use also impairs judgment and can lead to other high-risk behaviors such as drunk driving and sexual activity.

Alcohol Use : Time Series

2004-2006: 51.0 2006-2008: 47.9 2008-2010: 51.4 2010-2012: 50.8

percent

Alcohol Use by Age

12-17: 12.2 18+: 55.7 18-25: 58.2 26+: 55.3 Overall: 50.8

percent