Diving into alcohol consumption across various age groups and communities reveals some fascinating patterns. Consider the findings from the 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: a staggering 219.2 million Americans, aged 12 and older, have experienced alcohol at least once. That translates to about 8 in every 10 individuals within this age category!Here's a closer look:
●Of these, approximately 109.1 million are men, representing nearly 80% of males within this age range.
●On the women's side, the figure hovers around 110 million, encompassing about 77% of females in the same age spectrum.When we slice these numbers by ethnicity, even more patterns emerge:
●A staggering 144 million
White people have tried alcohol, making up an overwhelming 84% in their age group.
●For the Black or African American community, the number stands at about 23.8 million, or 69.4% in this age category.
●American Indian or Alaska Native individuals also have a high rate, with nearly 1.4 million or about 80% reporting alcohol use.
●In the Asian community, about 10 million people have consumed alcohol, which is around 61%
of individuals 12 and older in this group.
●Those identifying as of two or more races account for 4.1 million, or approximately 76% in this age group.
●Within the Hispanic or Latino demographic, approximately 35.2 million
individuals have engaged with alcohol, representing nearly 71% of their respective age cohort.
The patterns of alcohol consumption are intriguing. It's not a uniform behavior but manifests differently across diverse communities and age brackets, as highlighted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2021.