217440 Comparison of detailed drinking pattern and other characteristics between Wet, Moderate and Dry regions of the US in the National Alcohol Surveys

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 8:30 AM - 8:48 AM

William C. Kerr, PhD , Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute, Emeryville, CA
Thomas K. Greenfield, PhD , Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute, Emeryville, CA
Deidre Patterson, MPH , Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute, Emeryville, CA
In a study utilizing data from the NSDUH and BRFSS surveys along with per capita apparent consumption estimates we categorized the US states as Wet, Moderate and Dry according to their prevalence of past month 5+ drinkers and abstainers and their per capita consumption level. States were then further categorized based on geography into six regional groups: North Central, New England, Middle Atlantic, Pacific, South Coast and Dry South. Utilizing these groupings in the National Alcohol Surveys we will provide more detailed descriptions of each regional group in terms of alcohol consumption patterns, preferences, norms, problems as well as related demographics examining other characteristics which may explain any observed differences. Such details will include contexts of drinking, estimated average drink alcohol content, the prevalence and frequency of higher levels of daily quantity such as 8+, 12+ and maximum drinks, beverage-specific measures, attitudes toward alcohol and related risk behaviors such as cigarette and illegal drug use. Analyses of these detailed measures will highlight similarities and differences between regional wetness groupings, which may suggest avenues toward understanding cultural differences in drinking and potential targets for alcohol policies aimed at reducing alcohol-related problems.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe regional wetness groupings. Compare regional wetness groupings in terms of prevalent alcohol consumption patterns, preferences, norms and related problems.

Keywords: Alcohol, Culture

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a senior scientist at the Alcohol Research Group responsible for the conduct and analyses of the National Alcohol Surveys used in the presentation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.