Index: Health / Subcategory: Alcohol Tobacco & Other Drugs

Adult Alcohol Use

Date Updated: 09/22/2011

Chart Directory:

Larimer County & Colorado, 2003-04 to 2009-10

The following data are collected and reported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The Colorado Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is an ongoing statewide telephone survey designed to monitor the prevalence of health behaviors and preventive health practices associated with the leading causes of disease, disability, and premature death. To compensate for the relatively low number of surveys completed each year, two years of data are combined to produce estimates.

What this chart shows: Adult Binge Drinking in Colorado and Larimer County, 2003-04 to 2009-10

Data Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment- Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

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What the above data tell us:

Binge drinking is defined as having had five or more alcoholic beverages on one or more occasions in the past month.

With the exception of 2007-08, Larimer County had a consistently higher percentage of residents who binge drink than Colorado. This is likely due to the influence of Colorado State University students.

Both Colorado and Larimer County have failed to meet the Healthy People 2010 objective of reducing binge drinking to 6.0% of the population.

What this chart shows: Adult Chronic Drinking in Colorado and Larimer County, 2003-04 to 2009-10

Data Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment-COHID- Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

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What the above data tell us:

Chronic drinking is defined for males as consuming 3 or more drinks per day on average in the past month and for females 2 or more drinks per day on average in the past month.

What this chart shows: Adult Driving after Drinking in Colorado and Larimer County, 2003-04 to 2009-10

Data Source: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment- Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

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What the above data tell us:

Survey respondents were asked how many times they have driven in the past month after perhaps having had too much to drink.

The percentages above represent the rate of respondents who answered 'one or more times'.

After peaking in 2005-06, both Colorado and Larimer County have seen a steady decline in the percentage of adults who drink and drive.

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Healthy People 2010 Objectives:

Data Tables:

Adult Binge Drinking

 

Colorado

Larimer County

Healthy People 2010 Objective

#

%

#

%

%

2003-04

1,411

17.8

78

18.3

6.0

2005-06

1,510

15.9

90

16.3

6.0

2007-08

2,773

16.7

181

15.3

6.0

2009-10

2,412

15.9

128

16.2

6.0

See chart

Adult Chronic Drinking

Colorado

Larimer County

#

%

#

%

2003-04

544

5.6

30

6.4

2005-06

576

4.9

37

4.5

2007-08

1,234

5.7

87

5.0

2009-10

1,137

5.4

76

7.6

See chart

Adult Drinking After Driving

 

Colorado

Larimer County

#

%

#

%

2003-04

126

3.3

7

3.8

2005-06

143

4.6

8

4.1

2007-08

196

3.5

15

3.1

2009-10

141

2.9

8

2.2

See chart