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Smoking & Alcoholic Beverage Consumption Prevalence
Adult Cigarette Smoking Prevalence in Los Angeles County, 1999
In 2000, 18.1% of adults were smokers as compared to 21.8% of adults in 1990. That equated to about 250,000 fewer smokers countywide.
Adolescent Cigarette Smoking Prevalence in Los Angeles County (1)(2)
(1) Cigarette smoking prevalence defined as
having smoked at least once in the last 30 days.
Results of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicate that smoking prevalence decreased from 26.5% in 1997 to 14.5% in 2001 among high school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Youth smoking rates statewide, however, increased during the early- to mid-1990s, suggesting some caution to declaring an overall decline in youth smoking rates.
Alcoholic Beverage Consumption in Los Angeles County(3)
In 1999, 54% of adults reported recent alcohol consumption (defined as 1 or more drinks in the past month).
(3) Based on National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism guidelines: a
drink is considered
Binge Drinking - Los Angeles County, 1999
Nearly 16% of adults reported recent binge drinking (consuming 5 or more drinks on one occasion in the past month). Binge drinking was most prevalent among young adults: 24% of those ages 18-20 and 28% of those ages 21-24 reported binge drinking.
24% of men and 7% of women reported binge drinking.
Binge drinking was most prevalent among Latinos (20%) followed by Whites (15%), African-Americans (12%), and Asians/Pacific Islanders (10%).
Percent of Adults Reporting Binge Drinking - By Age Group
Source of all information above: Los Angeles County Dept. of Health Services
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