NIAAA is a source of authoritative data on alcohol epidemiology for researchers and the general public. Below are links to statistical summaries of data collected or compiled by NIAAA on alcohol consumption, alcohol-related mortality and morbidity, and other alcohol-related problems and consequences.

Surveillance Reports

These reports provide alcohol-related trend data in the U.S. for:

  • Apparent per capita alcohol consumption
  • Liver cirrhosis mortality
  • Alcohol-related morbidity among short-stay community hospital discharges
  • Underage drinking behavior

Data Reference Manuals

These manuals provide detailed data tables on alcohol consumption and related conditions by demographic characteristics, including age, sex, and race/ethnicity. Two of the volumes are based on data collected by NIAAA’s recent surveys:

  • Alcohol Use and Alcohol Use Disorders in the United States: Main Findings from the 2001–2002 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC)
  • Alcohol Use and Alcohol Use Disorders in the United States, A 3-Year Follow-Up: Main Findings from the 2004–2005 Wave 2 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC)

The following are tables extracted from the above manuals or from published articles based on NESARC:

Researchers interested in accessing NESARC datasets should contact Aaron White, PhD at aaron.white@nih.gov or 301-451-5943.

Alcohol Epidemiologic Data Directory

The directory provides a current listing of surveys and other data suitable for epidemiologic research on alcohol. Most datasets described in this document are national in scope, although some more specific datasets are also included.

Policy Data

NIAAA’s Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) compiles detailed information on alcohol-related public policies at both the State and Federal levels. The APIS policy data can be linked to epidemiologic data for conducting research on the effectiveness of alcohol policies in reducing alcohol-related harm.