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Frequently Asked Questions About Alcohol Consumption

The Prevalance of Drinking by Groups

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Updated February 08, 2014

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Each year the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducts a National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), interviewing approximately 67,500 people about their alcohol and drug use in the past year.

The answers to the following questions are provided from the latest data from the NSDUH study.

Overall Alcohol Consumption

The NSDUH considers "one drink" defined as a can or bottle of beer, a glass of wine or a wine cooler, a shot of liquor, or a mixed drink with liquor in it.

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