Adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher are 81.9 percent more likely than those with less than a high school diploma to self-identify as “current regular drinkers”, according to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which found that regular alcohol consumption increases with higher levels of education.
The NHIS – a “household, multistage probability sample survey conducted annually by interviewers of the U.S. Census Bureau for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics”- collected data on 34,525 adults for the 2012 survey.
Just 35.3 percent of those with less than a high school diploma identified themselves as “current regular drinkers.” The percentage increased to 47.3 percent for those with a high school diploma or GED, and to 52.3 percent for those with some college.
However, the highest level of alcohol consumption was reported by people with college degrees: 64.2 percent of those with a bachelor’s degree or higher identified as “current regular drinkers”.
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