Table 3

Prevalence/distribution or mean and standard deviation of alcohol use indicators, by age and sex (subjects weighted for educational attainment)
Age 18-25 Age 25-35 Age 35-45 Age 45-55 Age 55-65 Age 65 or older
Men N=1,222 Women N=2,493 Men N=829 Women N=1,754 Men N= 978 Women N= 1,874 Men N=1,201 Women N= 2,294 Men N= 1,264 Women N= 1,523 Men N= 543 Women N= 612
Alcohol initiation (N=16,243) % % % % % % % % % % % %
  No 3.0 4.1 1.7 5.0 2.1 5.1 2.8 4.7 2.1 5.9 2.9 14.3
  A few times to try 5.4 7.7 3.2 7.2 4.9 9.2 1.8 7.1 1.7 5.8 2.5 8.7
  Yes 91.6 88.2 95.1 87.7 93.0 85.7 95.4 88.2 96.1 88.4 94.7 77.0
Frequency of alcohol use (N=15,972)
  Never 7.4 10.7 6.2 18.8 7.3 16.6 6.8 13.7 5.1 14.5 9.6 23.8
  Monthly or less 13.0 28.1 14.7 33.7 16.6 28.4 9.4 19.5 9.2 16.3 9.8 15.0
  2–4 times a month 34.9 41.8 34.3 26.4 26.6 24.4 21.2 20.1 14.5 16.0 16.1 12.4
  2–3 times a week 34.1 17.1 31.9 15.4 27.7 18.0 29.3 21.6 24.3 18.7 16.3 18.0
  4–5 times a week 7.5 1.8 8.2 3.7 10.8 6.9 14.2 10.8 16.2 12.5 15.5 10.7
  6–7 times a week 3.2 .6 4.8 2.0 11.0 5.6 19.1 14.3 30.6 22.0 32.7 20.2
Weekly alcohol quantity (N=12,828)
  3 glasses or less 22.0 39.5 23.9 52.1 24.6 46.4 20.5 35.6 14.6 29.3 17.5 30.7
  4–7 glasses 20.1 29.8 27.0 28.4 27.6 30.3 24.0 31.8 23.2 29.4 28.5 29.6
  8–14 glasses 23.4 19.1 28.2 13.8 25.7 17.4 31.5 22.3 29.9 25.8 26.4 25.4
  15–21 glasses 17.4 6.3 10.5 3.0 12.8 3.4 13.6 7.8 18.6 10.5 15.1 11.3
  More than 21 glasses 17.2 5.4 10.3 2.7 9.3 2.5 10.4 2.7 13.8 5.0 12.5 3.1
Preferred beverage (N=14,407)
  Wine 2.3 37.3 14.0 56.5 22.0 66.3 31.3 79.9 37.9 82.4 46.3 85.3
  Beer 70.4 13.7 64.0 11.4 53.3 8.5 49.4 5.4 41.4 4.0 25.8 2.3
  Strong drinks 13.0 29.2 8.5 19.8 8.6 14.0 7.1 5.2 8.3 5.1 12.7 4.5
  No preference 14.3 19.7 13.5 12.3 16.2 11.2 12.1 9.5 12.4 8.4 15.2 7.9
Urges to drink alcohol
Social situations (N=15,052) No 20.0 23.1 12.4 23.5 18.1 26.9 19.1 30.2 21.3 31.9 32.2 35.9
Mild 52.5 58.3 55.2 56.4 56.0 57.4 62.6 58.0 66.0 59.5 60.4 58.3
Strong 27.5 18.5 32.4 20.1 25.9 15.7 18.3 11.8 12.7 8.6 7.5 5.8
At dinner (N=14,968) No 72.8 79.6 64.0 69.8 64.7 69.0 63.6 64.7 55.7 55.5 47.7 45.6
Mild 26.5 19.2 33.2 26.8 31.6 27.1 32.2 31.0 39.3 40.2 46.2 51.0
Strong .7 1.2 2.8 3.4 3.7 3.9 4.3 4.2 5.0 4.3 6.1 3.3
After work (N=14,828) No 66.1 90.5 75.4 90.5 79.7 91.2 81.3 87.7 73.9 81.3 78.0 82.2
Mild 26.9 8.6 21.2 7.9 17.8 7.0 15.2 9.6 22.2 15.4 18.5 16.4
Strong 7.0 .9 3.4 1.6 2.5 1.8 3.4 2.7 3.9 3.3 3.5 1.4
Relaxing (N=15,000) No 36.9 53.3 39.6 54.2 39.6 51.9 28.7 41.7 25.8 40.5 36.8 38.1
Mild 51.5 41.7 51.7 41.8 48.8 42.6 62.1 52.5 67.3 53.9 59.5 58.6
Strong 11.7 5.0 8.7 4.1 11.6 5.5 9.1 5.8 6.8 5.6 3.7 3.3
Concentrating (N=14,667) No 97.3 98.3 98.0 99.0 97.4 99.1 97.6 99.0 96.3 96.5 93.5 96.3
Mild 2.6 1.6 1.7 .9 2.3 .8 2.3 1.0 3.4 3.3 6.3 3.7
Strong .1 .1 .3 .1 .3 .1 .1 .1 .3 .2 .2 0
Under stress (N=14,705) No 79.8 84.0 80.2 84.6 82.2 82.9 78.1 78.2 74.4 72.9 75.1 73.4
Mild 16.4 13.0 16.2 11.9 15.5 13.9 18.0 17.6 20.6 21.7 19.9 21.2
Strong 3.8 3.0 3.6 3.5 2.3 3.2 3.9 4.2 5.0 5.4 5.0 5.4
No. of intoxications (N=8,885)
  Once or twice 29.3 39.6 14.7 32.1 18.6 37.9 22.3 44.5 25.6 50.9 36.3 55.3
  3–5 times 26.4 32.2 21.0 30.9 21.7 34.3 32.8 35.8 33.5 29.7 31.8 28.5
  6–10 times 18.3 13.7 23.2 17.1 19.9 16.2 23.9 13.1 22.0 12.1 18.0 10.6
  11–25 times 13.6 7.8 14.2 11.4 16.0 7.1 10.5 3.6 10.5 4.4 9.0 4.9
  More than 25 times 12.5 6.7 26.9 8.4 23.8 4.5 10.5 3.0 8.4 2.9 4.8 .8
Alcohol abuse disorder symptoms (N=15,227) 35.2 20.9 41.4 18.2 32.5 17.1 34.1 22.2 36.6 23.3 28.0 16.2
Hazardous drinking (N=15,467) 29.5 13.0 22.7 7.2 19.1 6.6 16.6 9.8 18.6 9.4 12.7 5.5
mean (sd) mean (sd) mean (sd) mean (sd) mean (sd) mean (sd) mean (sd) mean (sd) mean (sd) mean (sd) mean (sd) mean (sd)
Age at alcohol initiation (N=15,155) 14.5 14.6 15.1 15.5 15.5 16.5 15.4 16.5 16.3 17.8 18.1 20.4
(2.0) (1.7) (2.4) (2.4) (2.5) (2.9) (2.3) (3.0) (2.8) (4.4) (4.2) (6.8)
Age at onset regular drinking (N=8,483) 16.7 16.9 18.2 19.6 19.1 22.6 20.4 25.5 22.6 29.6 27.8 33.3
(1.2) (1.6) (3.0) (4.9) (4.0) (6.3) (5.8) (8.9) (8.4) (11.1) (12.0) (12.7)
Age at first intoxication (N=10,102) 16.5 16.6 17.4 18.9 18.2 20.9 18.7 22.2 20.4 25.3 24.3 32.2
(1.3) (1.5) (2.7) (3.4) (3.0) (5.4) (3.9) (7.0) (5.0) (8.3) (8.3) (11.0)

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Geels et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:207   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-207

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