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Alcohol Use among Persons Aged 12 or Older
- Slightly more than half (52.1 percent) of Americans aged 12 or older reported being current drinkers of alcohol in the 2012 survey, which was similar to the rate in 2011 (51.8 percent). This translates to an estimated 135.5 million current drinkers in 2012.
- Nearly one quarter (23.0 percent) of persons aged 12 or older in 2012 were binge alcohol users in the 30 days prior to the survey. This translates to about 59.7 million people. The rate in 2012 was similar to the rate in 2011 (22.6 percent).
- In 2012, heavy drinking was reported by 6.5 percent of the population aged 12 or older, or 17.0 million people. This percentage was similar to the rate of heavy drinking in 2011 (6.2 percent).
- Age: In 2012 -rates of current alcohol use were
- 2.2 percent among persons aged 12 or 13
- 11.1 percent of persons aged 14 or 15
- 24.8 percent of 16 or 17 year olds,
- 45.8 percent of those aged 18 to 20
- 69.2 percent of 21 to 25 year olds
- These estimates were similar to the rates reported in 2011.