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Br J Addict. 1992 Apr;87(4):643-8.

Changes in levels of alcohol consumption: United States, 1983-1988.

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Alcohol Epidemiologic Data System, CSR, Inc., Washington DC 20005.

Abstract

Using data from the 1983 and 1988 National Health Interview Surveys, this note examines changes both in the prevalence of abstention and the prevalence of heavier drinking among drinkers in the United States. Changes are examined separately by gender and according to other sociodemographic characteristics often associated with different levels of alcohol consumption. Results suggest an increase in abstention and a decrease in heavier drinking between 1983 and 1988. For women, decreases in heavier drinking were found among those 18-44 years of age, among those employed, and among those divorced/separated or never married. For men, decreases in heavier drinking were found among those employed, among those with family income of $25,000 or more, and among those married or divorced/separated. Changes both in abstention and heavier drinking were found to vary considerably by geographical region. These findings do not support results from other general population survey studies on alcohol use that suggest a stability in drinking levels, or even a slight increase in heavier drinking among men.

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