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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Surveillance Reports

New! Posted on May 17, 2023

Surveillance Report #120 [PDF]: Apparent Per Capita Alcohol Consumption: National, State, and Regional Trends, 1977–2021
(Slater, Megan E.; Alpert, Hillel R.) April 2023

Examines trends in apparent alcohol consumption in the United States. Findings are based on alcoholic beverage sales data, collected from the States or the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association by the Alcohol Epidemiologic Data System (AEDS), and various reports produced by beverage industry sources. Population data from the U.S. Census Bureau are used as denominators to calculate per capita rates. The report provides data on national consumption of beer, wine, and distilled spirits as well as for all alcoholic beverages combined; consumption trends for each State for the same beverage categories; and consumption trends for each type of beverage and all beverages combined for U.S. regions.

Data for 1970–2021 from this report can be found in one data file: pcyr1970-2021.txt

Alcohol Sales During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Here we present such data as are available on per capita alcohol sales during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Data from this report can be found in one data file: Alcsales_August2021.xlsx

Surveillance Report #118 [PDF]: Liver Cirrhosis Mortality in the United States: National, State, and Regional Trends, 2000–2019
(Chen, Chiung M.; Yoon, Young-Hee) February 2022

Presents trends in liver cirrhosis mortality in the United States. Data were compiled based on the underlying cause of death from public use data sets published annually by the National Center for Health Statistics. The death rates are presented overall and by age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, and Hispanic subgroup.

Surveillance Report #116 [PDF]: Trends in Underage Drinking in the United States, 1991–2019
(Chen, Chiung M.; Yoon, Young-Hee) March 2021

Presents trends in underage drinking among youth ages 12–20 years. Data were obtained from three separate sources, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the Monitoring the Future survey, and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The report provides trend data on past-30-day alcohol use, initiation of drinking, drinking patterns (e.g., frequency, quantity, volume, binge and extreme binge drinking, drunkenness), alcohol-related attitudes, and alcohol-related risk behaviors.

Surveillance Report #112 [PDF]: Trends in Alcohol-Related Morbidity Among Community Hospital Discharges, United States, 2000–2015
(Chen, Chiung M.; Yoon, Young-Hee) August 2018

Provides data on numbers and rates of hospital discharges with principal (first-listed) mention as well as any (all-listed) mention of an alcohol-related diagnosis in the United States. The data were obtained from the National Inpatient Sample, which is the largest publicly available all-payer inpatient care database in the United States sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Surveillance Report #109 [PDF]: Trends in Substance Use Among Reproductive-Age Females in the United States, 2002–2015
(Slater, Megan E.; Haughwout, Sarah P.) September 2017

Presents trends in substance use among reproductive-age females, ages 15–44 years. Data for these trends are compiled from public-use data from a nationally representative survey, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The report presents trend data on alcohol consumption; cigarette, illicit drug, and marijuana use, and nonmedical use of prescription drugs among current drinkers; alcohol/illicit drug dependence and abuse among current drinkers; and need for treatment for alcohol and illicit drug use. Key measures are presented overall and by age group and by race/ethnicity. Because of small sample sizes of pregnant females, only a subset of substance use measures (any drinking and binge drinking) have reliable prevalence estimates and are presented by pregnancy status.

Methodological Addendum: Comparison of State Alcoholic Beverage Sales Data with Industry Shipment Data, 2001–2013 [PDF]

Surveillance Report #76 [PDF]: Trends in Alcohol–Related Fatal Traffic Crashes, United States, 1982–2004
(Yi, Hsiao-ye; Chen, Chiung M.; Williams, Gerald D.) August 2006

Presents trends in alcohol-related fatal traffic crashes.  Data were compiled from sources provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, and the U.S. Bureau of the Census.  The report provides data on alcohol-related traffic crash fatality rates, and blood alcohol concentration (BAC) testing rates and results, with special sections on young drinking drivers.

Alcohol Epidemiologic Data Directory / U.S. Alcohol Epidemiologic Data Reference Manuals

Updated: April 2023

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