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How Many People Drink Alcohol in the U.S.?


Updated February 12, 2014

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Question: How Many People Drink Alcohol in the U.S.?
Answer: More than half of all Americans aged 12 or older report that they are current drinkers. In the latest national survey, 51.9% of those surveyed said they were current drinkers, or an estimate 130.6 million people.

This information is from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual interview of approximately 67,500 people, asking about their alcohol and drug use in the past year.

Is your drinking level safe, risky or harmful. Find out by taking the Alcohol Screening Quiz.

Do you have withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop drinking? Are your symptoms mild, moderate or severe? Take the Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Quiz.

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