Alcohol Consumption

According to surveys conducted in 2015 by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, over 85 percent of Americans ages 18 or older reported that they have consumed alcohol in their lifetime; 70 percent reported they drank in the past year and 56 percent in the past month.

Over 25 percent of people ages 18 or older engaged in binge drinking in the past month. Binge drinking is defined as a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to 0.08 g/dL, which typically occurs after four drinks for women and five drinks for men in a two-hour period. Seven percent reporting they engaged in heavy alcohol use – binge drinking on five or more days – in the past month.

Roughly 15 million American adults (18+) and an estimated 623,000 adolescents (ages 12-17) have Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational or health consequences.

Alcohol abuse costs the United States billions of dollars each year, with approximately three quarters of that money relating to binge drinking.

We at North American Breweries urge you to practice smart consumption. View the Moderation module for tips on how to drink responsibly.