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SA-15 Data Details

SA-15 Reduce the proportion of adults who drank excessively in the previous 30 days

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH); Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Yes
Measure
percent 
Baseline (Year)
28.2 (2008)
Target
25.4
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Numerator
Number of persons aged 18 years and over who drank more than two drinks per day on average (for men) or more than one drink per day on average (for women) or who drank 5 or more drinks during a single occasion (for men) or 4 or more drinks during a single occasion (for women) during the past 30 days
Denominator
Number of persons aged 18 years and over
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health:

[NUMERATOR:]

During the past 30 days, on how many days did you drink one or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage?

  • # OF DAYS: [RANGE: 0 - 30]

On the days that you drank during the past 30 days, how many drinks did you usually have each day? Count as a drink a can or bottle of beer; a wine cooler or a glass of wine, champagne, or sherry; a shot of liquor or a mixed drink or cocktail.

  • # OF DRINKS: [RANGE: 1 - 90]

During the past 30 days, that is, since [DATE], on how many days did you have 4 or more drinks on the same occasion? By "occasion,' we mean at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other.

  • # OF DAYS: [RANGE: 0 - 30]

During the past 30 days, that is, since [DATE], on how many days did you have 5 or more drinks on the same occasion? By "occasion,' we mean at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other.

  • # OF DAYS: [RANGE: 0 - 30]
Data Collection Frequency
Annual
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

Excessive alcohol use, either in the form of heavy drinking (drinking more than two drinks per day on average for men or more than one drink per day on average for women), or binge drinking (drinking 5 or more drinks during a single occasion for men or 4 or more drinks during a single occasion for women). A description of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) has been published by SAMHSA.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch

During regular data collection and processing checks, errors were identified in the NSDUH data. These errors affected the data for Pennsylvania (2006-2010) and Maryland (2008-2009). These errors had minimal impact on the national estimates and no effect on direct estimates for the other 48 states and the District of Columbia. Comparing estimates for Pennsylvania, Maryland, the mid-Atlantic division, and the Northeast region were of most concern. As a result in 2013, the original baseline was revised from 28.1 to 28.2 percent. The target was adjusted from 25.3 to 25.4 percent to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.

References

Additional resources about the objective.

  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Results from the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings. Office of Applied Studies, NSDUH Series H-36, HHS Publication No. SMA 09-4434. Rockville, MD. 2009.