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Substance Abuse Epidemiology Profile for Alcohol - Adult Binge Drinking

Problem Statement

According to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 47% of homicides, 32% of falls injury deaths, 29% of drug overdose deaths, and 23% of suicide deaths are alcohol attributable. Likewise, alcohol consumption is the primary causal factor in roughly 46-49% of motor vehicle crash deaths among males aged 20-44, and in more than a third of motor vehicle crash deaths among females aged 20-44. Binge drinking is also associated with a wide range of other social problems, including domestic and sexual violence, crime, and risky sexual behavior. Binge drinking is the most common pattern of excessive drinking.


Chart 1. Binge Drinking (past 30 days), Adults Aged 18+ New Mexico and U.S., 1995-2016

Binge Drinking (past 30 days), Adults Aged 18+ New Mexico and U.S., 1995-2016

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Data Notes

Please note that the definition of binge drinking changed after 2005. From 1998 through 2005, binge drinking was defined as drinking 5+ drinks on a single occasion at least once in past 30 days. Beginning in 2006, binge drinking is defined as drinking 5+ drinks (for men) or 4+ drinks (for women) on a single occasion at least once in past 30 days. Estimates for 2011 and forward should not be compared to earlier years (please refer to Data Interpretation Issues, below).

Data Sources

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Data, [https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/brfssprevalence].

Table 1. Binge Drinking (past 30 days), Adults Aged 18+ by Age, Sex and Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico, 2015-2017

Percentage Who Binge Drank
Sex and Race/EthnicityAges 18-24Ages 25-64Ages 65+All Ages
Male, American Indian29.120.74.620.2
Male, Asian/Pacific Islander**5.7**11.9
Male, Black**17.5**17.4
Male, Hispanic22.725.86.922.7
Male, White30.918.75.615.9
Male, All Races25.221.76.319.1
Female, American Indian12.411.80.110.4
Female, Asian/Pacific Islander**8.5**8.1
Female, Black**13.9**10.2
Female, Hispanic15.29.91.59.3
Female, White23.811.32.39.3
Female, All Races16.410.91.99.5
Both Sexes, American Indian20.115.9214.9
Both Sexes, Asian/Pacific Islander**7**10.2
Both Sexes, Black**15.616.813.5
Both Sexes, Hispanic19.117.73.915.8
Both Sexes, White27.4153.812.5
Both Sexes, All Races20.916.23.914.1


Data Notes

**Excluded due to small number of respondents (< 50) in population

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.

Problem Statement (continued)

Binge drinking rates decrease with age and are higher among males.

Table 2. Binge Drinking (past 30 days), Adults Aged 18+ by County and Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico, 2015-2017

Percentage Who Binge Drank
CountyAmerican IndianAsian PIBlackHispanicWhiteAll Races
Bernalillo13.6****15.511.6
Catron**********
Chaves******14.47.9
Cibola11.4****9.26.4
Colfax********11.1
Curry******20.715.8
De Baca**********
Dona Ana******16.210.1
Eddy******23.513.5
Grant******14.510.9
Guadalupe**********
Harding**********
Hidalgo**********
Lea******18.918
Lincoln********16
Los Alamos********9.4
Luna******19.95.3
McKinley13.9****15.24.4
Mora**********
Otero25.5****8.213
Quay********27.9
Rio Arriba******7.39
Roosevelt********13.2
Sandoval******28.710.3
San Juan7.3****15.711.9
San Miguel******13.79.8
Santa Fe******12.812.2
Sierra********14.9
Socorro**********
Taos******8.410.2
Torrance**********
Union**********
Valencia******19.27.8
New Mexico14.910.213.515.812.5
U.S.**********


Data Notes

**Excluded due to small number of respondents (< 50) in population. The county-level BRFSS data used for this indicator report were weighted to be representative of the New Mexico Health Region populations. Had the data been weighted to be representative of each county population, the results would likely have been different.

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.

Chart 2. Binge Drinking (past 30 days), Adults Aged 18+ by County, New Mexico, 2015-2017



Binge Drinking (past 30 days), Adults Aged 18+ by County, New Mexico, 2015-2017

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Data Notes

**Percentages based on fewer than 50 completed surveys are not shown because they do not meet the DOH standard for data release. The county-level BRFSS data used for this indicator report were weighted to be representative of the New Mexico Health Region populations. Had the data been weighted to be representative of each county population, the results would likely have been different.

Data Sources

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Data, [https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/brfssprevalence].

Chart 3. Binge Drinking (past 30 days), Adults Aged 18+ by County, New Mexico, 2014-2016

Binge Drinking (past 30 days), Adults Aged 18+ by County, New Mexico, 2014-2016

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Page Content Updated On 03/18/2019, Published on 03/19/2019
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Content updated: Tue, 19 Mar 2019 09:23:25 MDT