Prevalence of Current Alcohol Use in the US

"In 2017, 140.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current alcohol users, 66.6 million were binge drinkers in the past month, and 16.7 million were heavy drinkers in the past month (Figure 5). Thus, nearly half of current alcohol users were binge drinkers (47.4 percent), and 1 in 8 current alcohol users were heavy drinkers (11.9 percent). Among binge drinkers, about 1 in 4 (25.1 percent) were heavy drinkers.24

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"The 140.6 million current alcohol users aged 12 or older in 2017 (Figure 5) correspond to alcohol use in the past month by slightly more than half (51.7 percent) of people aged 12 or older (Figure 6). The 2017 estimate of past month alcohol use was similar to the estimates in most years between 2005 and 2015, but it was higher than the estimate in 2016 (50.7 percent)."


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2018). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 18-5068, NSDUH Series H-53). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved from