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State of Alaska

Complete Health Indicator Report of Alcohol Consumption - Binge Drinking - Adults (18+) (HA2020 Leading Health Indicator: 15A)

Definition

Percentage of adults aged 18 years of age and older who drank on 1 or more days during the past 30 days and responded 1 or more times on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) to the question: "Considering all types of alcoholic beverages, how many times during the past 30 days did you have X (X = 5 for men, X= 4 for women) or more drinks on an occasion?"

Numerator

Weighted number of adults (18+) who reported binge drinking on the BRFSS based upon the following questions: "During the past 30 days, have you had at least one drink of any alcoholic beverage such as beer, wine, a malt beverage or liquor?" and "Considering all types of alcoholic beverages, how many times during the past 30 days did you have X (X = 5 for men, X= 4 for women) or more drinks on an occasion?"

Denominator

Weighted number of adults (18+) with complete and valid responses on the BRFSS to the questions on number of days drinking and times consuming multiple drinks on an occasion, excluding those with missing, "Don't know/Not sure" or "Refused" responses.

Data Interpretation Issues

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a source for estimating binge drinking prevalence for Alaska. The median of states, District of Columbia, and territories provides a comparison for the United States (U.S.). The BRFSS is a telephone survey of adults 18 and over. Information on background and methodology of the BRFSS managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be found at: [http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/]. The website for the Alaska BRFSS is: [http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/brfss/default.aspx]. Alaska data were obtained from the Standard AK BRFSS from 1991 through 2003, 2005 through 2007, and 2009 through 2014, and from the Standard and Supplemental AK BRFSS surveys combined in 2004 and 2008. From 1991 through 2005 the following definition was used, adults (men and women) aged 18 years and older who consumed five or more drinks on one occasion within the past 30 day period. From 2006 and later, the definition of binge drinking has been men aged 18 years and older who consumed five or more drinks on one occasion or women aged 18 and older who consumed four or more drinks on one occasion within the page 30-day period.

Why Is This Important?

Alcohol and substance abuse have a devastating impact on individuals, families and entire communities across Alaska. The effects of alcohol and other drug abuse include unintentional and intentional injuries, violence, high-risk sexual behaviors, cirrhosis, and alcohol poisoning. Alaska experiences a disparately high rate of alcohol induced mortality compared to the United States. Alcohol and other drug use is common among adolescents and is a strong predictor of dependence in later life.^1^ [[br]] [[br]] {{class .SmallerFont 1. AK DHSS/DBH/Prevention and Early intervention. [http://hss.state.ak.us/dbh/prevention/programs/spfsig/pdfs/SPFSIG_AlaskaStrategicPlan.pdf Moving Prevention Upstream, January 2011]. }}

Healthy People Objective: Reduce the proportion of persons engaging in binge drinking during the past month--Adults aged 18 years and older

U.S. Target: 24.3%

Other Objectives

Healthy Alaskans 2020 Indicator 15.a: Reduce the percentage of adults (age 18 and older) who report binge drinking in the past 30 days (based on the following criteria: 5 or more alcoholic drinks for men on one occasion; 4 or more alcoholic drinks for women on one occasion) to 20% by 2020.

How Are We Doing?

The percentage of adults who binge drink has fluctuated slightly over the past 2 decades, ranging from a high of 25% in 1994 to a low of 16% in 2008. The prevalence of binge drinking is higher among men (26%) than women (14%). Alaskans over the age of 64 are less likely to binge drink (6%) than Alaska adults in other age groups (17% to 29%). Asian and Pacific Islander adults have a lower binge drinking prevalence (4%) than most other racial/ethnic group in Alaska (ranging from 18% to 23%). There are no differences in binge drinking prevalence by region, education, or income level. Binge drinking prevalence rates from the BRFSS are initially presented for all Alaskans, Alaska Native people, and the median from states, District of Columbia, and territories for all available years. Subsequent analyses by demographic subpopulations (i.e., sex, age, race/ethnicity, ethnicity, marital status, education, employment status, income, and poverty status) are limited to 2010 and later to allow for ease of assessing recent trends. Binge drinking prevalence by regions of Alaska are presented for the most recent time period allowing reporting for all Alaskans and Alaska Native people: 1) single-year for the 6 Alaska Public Health Regions, 2) three-year averages by the 7 Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistics Areas and rural remainder, 3) single-year for the 10 behavioral health assessment regions based upon aggregations of 20,000 population, 4) three-year averages for 29 boroughs and census areas, and 5) five-year averages for the 12 tribal health organization regions. These time intervals match those for the InstantAtlas health profiles for each of the geographic regionalizes of Alaska for those desiring longer time series.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The Alaska adult binge drinking rate has consistently been slightly higher than the median for the United States.

What Is Being Done?

The two primary objectives chosen by the Alaska Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) Advisory Committee are to reduce youth alcohol use (e.g., lifetime, current, heavy and binge drinking) and adult alcohol abuse (e.g., heavy and binge drinking). The SPF SIG Strategic Plan[1] identifies four key strategies: (1) Enhance the Alaska prevention workforce; (2) Develop regional/community capacity to promote prevention principles and strategies; (3) Increase the understanding and use of community coalitions and environmental strategies to accomplish sustainable community change; and (4) Increase regional/community understanding and use of data to drive decision-making, implementation, evaluation and continuous quality improvement of strategies and interventions.

Evidence-based Practices

As part of the Healthy Alaskans 2020 health improvement process, groups of Alaska subject matter experts met over a period of months in a rigorous review process to identify and prioritize strategies to address the 25 health priorities. Public health partners around the state are aligning work around these approaches adapted to Alaska's unique needs. '''Strategy 1:''' [[br]]Integrate electronic Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) into strategic healthcare settings throughout Alaska. SBIRT is an early intervention approach that targets those with nondependent substance use to provide effective strategies for intervention prior to the need for more extensive or specialized treatment. '''Evidence Base:''' [[br]]SBIRT is a model listed in the SAMHSA'S National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices that focuses on delivering early intervention and treatment services for people with substance use disorders, or those at-risk for developing substance use disorders. '''Source:''' [[br]][http://www.nrepp.samhsa.gov/ViewIntervention.aspx?id=222 Project ASSERT] '''Strategy 2:''' [[br]]Expand therapeutic courts throughout Alaska. These courts provide an alternative justice model in which a collaborative court team made up of a supervising judge, district attorney, defense counsel, probation officer and/or substance abuse or mental health treatment provider who oversees and closely monitors participants who chose the treatment program in lieu of incarceration. '''Evidence Base:''' [[br]]Therapeutic courts have been shown to increase treatment retention rates and decrease rates of rearrests and reconvictions compared to conventional prosecution. '''Sources:''' [[br]]Center for Court Innovation - [http://www.courtinnovation.org/research/best-practices-adult-drug-courts-what-doesresearch-tell-us Best Practices in Adult Drug Courts: What Does the Research Tell Us? ] Carns TW, Cohn L, Martin S. [http://www.ajc.state.ak.us/reports/2012programrecid.pdf Recidivism in Alaska's Therapeutic Courts for Addictions and Department of Corrections Institutional Substance Abuse Programs]. 2012. '''Strategy 3:''' [[br]]Fund Strategic Prevention Framework Grants that address local needs and reduce substance abuse problems. '''Evidence Base:''' [[br]]This initiative comes from SAMHSA and is being used by the State of Alaska. It is a five-step planning process to guide the work of states and communities in their prevention activities. The framework allows communities to identify and select evidence based interventions that address local needs to reduce substance abuse problems. The framework is to be used in a comprehensive strategic plan. The 5 steps are: [[br]]1. Assess population needs, the resources required to address the problem, and the readiness to act; [[br]]2. Build capacity at state and community levels to address needs and problems identified in Step 1; [[br]]3. Develop a comprehensive strategic plan. At the community level, the comprehensive plan articulates a vision for organizing specific prevention programs, policies, and practices to address substance abuse problems locally; [[br]]4. Implement the evidence-based programs, practices, and policies identified in Step 3; and [[br]]5. Monitor implementation, evaluate effectiveness, sustain effective activities, and improve or replace those that fail. '''Source:''' [[br]]Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Identifying and Selecting Evidence-Based Interventions Revised Guidance Document for the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant Program. Rockville, MD: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2009. A listing of strategies, actions, and key partners on this measure can be found at: [http://hss.state.ak.us/ha2020/assets/Actions-Partners_15_BingeDrinking.pdf].

Available Services

NATIONAL: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a toll-free referral helpline. The number is: 1-800-662-HELP (4357).


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Graphical Data Views

Percentage of adults (18+) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, all Alaskans, Alaska Natives, and U.S., 1991-2020

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Alaska ComparisonsYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 80
All Alaskans199122.4%19.4%25.8%3321,510
All Alaskans199224.1%20.8%27.7%3281,524
All Alaskans199319.5%16.6%22.7%2651,517
All Alaskans199424.7%21.5%28.1%3201,505
All Alaskans199519.5%16.6%22.7%2731,510
All Alaskans199619.6%16.7%22.9%2731,484
All Alaskans199716.5%13.8%19.5%2451,513
All Alaskans199819.2%17.0%21.6%3561,940
All Alaskans199918.9%16.5%21.6%3712,018
All Alaskans200019.7%17.2%22.5%3812,019
All Alaskans200118.2%15.9%20.6%4882,812
All Alaskans200218.2%16.1%20.6%4582,648
All Alaskans200318.4%16.3%20.6%4872,628
All Alaskans200417.2%15.7%18.8%8245,003
All Alaskans200517.5%15.3%20.0%4332,766
All Alaskans200616.7%14.5%19.2%3252,027
All Alaskans200719.5%16.9%22.3%4452,492
All Alaskans200816.1%14.5%17.8%7784,837
All Alaskans200918.1%15.8%20.8%3892,348
All Alaskans201021.8%18.4%25.6%3011,911
All Alaskans201120.2%18.3%22.2%5883,240
All Alaskans201217.3%15.7%19.0%6404,172
All Alaskans201318.5%16.8%20.4%7314,390
All Alaskans201420.2%18.4%22.0%6974,134
Alaska Natives199128.2%21.9%35.5%80309
Alaska Natives199231.6%23.9%40.4%63270
Alaska Natives199325.2%18.1%33.8%70323
Alaska Natives199444.6%32.7%57.1%65276
Alaska Natives199524.2%17.9%31.8%68309
Alaska Natives199623.8%17.8%31.1%69296
Alaska Natives199717.3%12.7%23.5%59307
Alaska Natives199821.2%16.4%26.9%76342
Alaska Natives199927.4%20.9%35.0%99405
Alaska Natives200020.3%15.2%26.6%82377
Alaska Natives200125.1%19.6%31.6%130595
Alaska Natives200220.0%15.2%25.8%120572
Alaska Natives200323.8%18.7%29.8%124562
Alaska Natives200417.3%14.1%21.2%1661,059
Alaska Natives200520.9%16.1%26.5%115574
Alaska Natives200614.5%10.8%19.3%71427
Alaska Natives200718.3%13.4%24.4%112567
Alaska Natives200819.1%15.3%23.6%1821,007
Alaska Natives200917.3%13.3%22.3%90474
Alaska Natives201021.8%14.5%31.4%71358
Alaska Natives201122.5%18.1%27.5%121565
Alaska Natives201217.7%14.5%21.5%151893
Alaska Natives201321.5%16.5%27.6%164798
Alaska Natives201421.5%17.4%26.2%129635
U.S.199114.5%
U.S.199214.4%
U.S.199314.3%
U.S.1994**
U.S.199514.1%
U.S.1996**
U.S.199714.5%
U.S.1998**
U.S.199914.9%
U.S.2000**
U.S.200114.8%
U.S.200216.1%
U.S.200316.5%
U.S.200414.9%
U.S.200514.4%
U.S.200615.4%
U.S.200715.7%
U.S.200815.5%
U.S.200915.5%
U.S.201015.1%
U.S.201118.3%
U.S.201216.9%
U.S.201316.8%
U.S.201416.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201320.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201420.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201520.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201620.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201720.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201820.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201920.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202020.0%

Data Notes

U.S. values are based upon the median value of the states, District of Columbia, and territories. ** = Data Not Available

Data Sources

  • Alaska Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • U.S. Data: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)


Percentage of adults (18+) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, by sex, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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HA: Males vs. FemalesYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 18
Males201028.7%23.5%34.5%184830
Males201125.1%22.2%28.3%3521,485
Males201221.2%18.8%23.8%3721,908
Males201322.6%20.0%25.5%4292,037
Males201425.6%22.9%28.5%4071,847
Females201014.2%10.6%18.9%1171,081
Females201115.0%12.8%17.6%2361,755
Females201213.1%11.3%15.1%2682,264
Females201314.1%12.0%16.6%3022,353
Females201414.3%12.3%16.6%2902,287
Healthy Alaskans Goal201320.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201420.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201520.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201620.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201720.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201820.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201920.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202020.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, by age group, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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HA: Age Group: 18-24,25-34,35-44,45-64,65+YearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 33
18-24201031.5%19.4%46.7%2084
18-24201129.3%22.2%37.6%59205
18-24201220.8%15.8%26.8%62296
18-24201325.7%19.9%32.5%92335
18-24201425.2%19.3%32.2%60239
25-34201038.9%29.6%49.1%77254
25-34201129.1%24.2%34.7%134440
25-34201225.5%21.4%30.1%157635
25-34201327.4%22.7%32.6%173630
25-34201428.6%24.0%33.7%153530
35-44201023.9%16.9%32.8%69330
35-44201120.5%16.7%25.0%121540
35-44201217.8%14.5%21.8%127680
35-44201322.1%18.0%27.0%152689
35-44201423.4%19.1%28.4%136609
45-64201012.6%9.8%16.1%119892
45-64201116.1%13.6%18.9%2211,448
45-64201215.5%13.2%18.1%2441,768
45-64201312.9%10.8%15.3%2531,863
45-64201417.0%14.7%19.7%2911,793
65+20105.9%3.0%11.5%16329
65+20117.5%5.3%10.5%51582
65+20124.2%3.0%5.8%47751
65+20137.7%4.5%12.8%56835
65+20146.2%4.5%8.6%54916
Healthy Alaskans Goal201320.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201420.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201520.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201620.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201720.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201820.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201920.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202020.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of Adults Who Reported Binge Drinking in the Past 30 Days by Race/Ethnicity, all Alaskans, 2012-2014 (3-year average)

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Percentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 8
Alaska Native (any mention)20.0%17.5%22.6%4442,326
Asian (non-Hispanic)9.6%6.0%14.9%29253
Black (non-Hispanic)18.3%11.6%27.5%26166
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander (non-Hispanic)23.1%13.5%36.7%1769
White (non-Hispanic)18.6%17.5%19.8%1,4209,189
Multiracial/Other (non-Hispanic)19.7%12.5%29.6%33175
Hispanic (alone or multi)22.8%17.3%29.4%71319
Healthy Alaskans Goal20.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days by ethnicity, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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HA: Ethnicity - Hispanic/LatinoYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 18
Hispanic/Latino201024.5%8.8%52.2%851
Hispanic/Latino201118.3%10.1%30.8%1375
Hispanic/Latino201215.4%8.5%26.5%19124
Hispanic/Latino201324.6%16.1%35.8%31130
Hispanic/Latino201422.3%14.6%32.5%31126
Not Hispanic/Latino201021.8%18.4%25.6%2911,840
Not Hispanic/Latino201120.3%18.4%22.3%5743,151
Not Hispanic/Latino201217.4%15.8%19.1%6184,027
Not Hispanic/Latino201318.1%16.4%20.0%6904,212
Not Hispanic/Latino201420.1%18.3%22.0%6553,944
Healthy Alaskans Goal201320.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201420.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201520.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201620.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201720.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201820.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201920.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202020.0%

Data Notes

Ethnicity is defined independent of race.

Data Source

Alaska Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days by marital status, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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HA: Marital StatusYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 33
Married201016.8%13.4%20.9%1581,103
Married201116.3%14.2%18.7%2791,769
Married201213.4%11.6%15.4%2852,228
Married201313.3%11.6%15.2%3252,340
Married201416.5%14.6%18.7%3452,324
Widowed20102.6%1.1%5.9%7144
Widowed201111.6%6.1%21.0%19222
Widowed20125.3%3.1%9.0%20314
Widowed201311.6%4.3%27.5%24336
Widowed20148.8%5.5%13.6%29322
Divorced/Separated201015.2%9.8%23.0%46302
Divorced/Separated201119.5%15.3%24.6%102586
Divorced/Separated201219.0%15.2%23.5%113698
Divorced/Separated201317.4%13.3%22.5%112734
Divorced/Separated201421.5%16.7%27.1%121687
Never Married201036.3%26.8%46.9%67282
Never Married201130.4%25.0%36.4%140492
Never Married201226.0%22.0%30.5%181724
Never Married201328.9%24.2%34.1%214760
Never Married201427.3%22.9%32.3%160615
Living with a Partner201042.4%25.1%61.9%2265
Living with a Partner201124.2%16.6%33.8%41150
Living with a Partner201222.7%15.5%32.0%36175
Living with a Partner201330.8%22.1%41.2%48191
Living with a Partner201427.1%19.0%37.1%38155
Healthy Alaskans Goal201320.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201420.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201520.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201620.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201720.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201820.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201920.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202020.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (25+) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, by education, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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HA: Edu Level: < HS, HS, Some Coll, Coll GradYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 28
< HS201012.6%5.4%26.5%19115
< HS201119.8%13.5%28.0%35205
< HS201212.9%8.0%20.2%26235
< HS201330.3%20.8%41.9%50211
< HS201422.9%15.4%32.5%38191
HS201024.1%17.8%31.9%99512
HS201120.3%17.0%24.2%162835
HS201220.6%17.3%24.3%1801,018
HS201315.8%13.0%19.1%1901,083
HS201421.5%18.0%25.5%171903
Some Coll201021.8%16.3%28.6%91541
Some Coll201118.1%15.0%21.7%150846
Some Coll201217.2%14.5%20.3%1851,182
Some Coll201315.5%12.9%18.6%1761,189
Some Coll201418.1%15.3%21.5%1791,139
Coll Grad201017.2%12.6%23.2%72635
Coll Grad201118.2%15.3%21.6%1791,116
Coll Grad201213.9%11.6%16.5%1831,392
Coll Grad201317.3%14.6%20.4%2171,527
Coll Grad201418.3%15.9%21.0%2441,602
Healthy Alaskans Goal201320.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201420.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201520.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201620.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201720.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201820.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201920.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202020.0%

Data Notes

Education is based upon education completed by or after 25 years of age. Individuals less than 25 years of age are excluded.

Data Source

Alaska Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, by employment status, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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HA: EmploymentYearPercent of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 28
Employed201025.4%21.2%30.1%2341,207
Employed201123.3%20.8%26.0%4101,940
Employed201220.2%18.1%22.5%4492,515
Employed201321.3%19.0%23.7%5222,664
Employed201423.7%21.4%26.3%4982,442
Unemployed201016.7%8.4%30.6%23142
Unemployed201125.0%18.3%33.3%58241
Unemployed201219.2%14.2%25.5%59323
Unemployed201321.2%15.1%28.8%64321
Unemployed201421.5%15.2%29.5%41218
Not In Work Force201016.1%9.2%26.6%37458
Not In Work Force201113.4%10.3%17.1%103860
Not In Work Force201210.5%8.2%13.3%1091,083
Not In Work Force201313.0%9.8%17.0%1161,145
Not In Work Force201411.7%9.4%14.5%1291,241
Unable to Work20104.2%1.8%9.5%692
Unable to Work20118.0%4.2%14.5%15186
Unable to Work20129.6%5.6%16.1%21234
Unable to Work201312.4%7.4%19.9%27214
Unable to Work201412.4%6.3%23.1%22197
Healthy Alaskans Goal201320.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201420.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201520.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201620.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201720.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201820.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201920.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202020.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, by income, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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HA: Income: <$15k, $15k-$25k, $25k-$50k, $50-$75k, $75k+YearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 33
<$15,000201019.9%8.2%41.0%16135
<$15,000201125.0%17.8%33.9%48248
<$15,000201219.3%14.0%26.0%55353
<$15,000201321.3%14.4%30.2%64375
<$15,000201413.8%9.2%20.2%47310
$15,000 - $24,999201015.9%9.3%25.7%27185
$15,000 - $24,999201119.4%13.8%26.6%54358
$15,000 - $24,999201216.1%12.0%21.4%67448
$15,000 - $24,999201318.0%12.9%24.4%85510
$15,000 - $24,999201421.9%16.8%28.2%83437
$25,000 - $49,999201019.8%13.1%29.0%47348
$25,000 - $49,999201120.5%16.0%25.8%101599
$25,000 - $49,999201219.8%16.2%23.9%132827
$25,000 - $49,999201316.0%12.7%19.9%138865
$25,000 - $49,999201420.2%16.2%24.8%125787
$50,000 - $74,999201026.1%17.5%37.0%60334
$50,000 - $74,999201119.6%15.5%24.6%99513
$50,000 - $74,999201215.3%11.9%19.5%101647
$50,000 - $74,999201321.8%17.6%26.8%144745
$50,000 - $74,999201418.6%14.6%23.5%102619
$75,000+201026.6%20.7%33.5%125645
$75,000+201121.6%18.5%25.0%2251,093
$75,000+201219.6%16.7%22.7%2261,325
$75,000+201320.0%17.1%23.2%2651,539
$75,000+201423.0%20.2%26.2%2951,590
Healthy Alaskans Goal201320.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201420.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201520.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201620.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201720.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201820.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201920.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202020.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, by poverty threshold, all Alaskans, 2010-2020

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Poverty thresholds are intended for use as a statistical yardstick, not as a complete description of what people and families need to live. Poverty thresholds are the dollar amounts assigned by the U.S. Census Bureau to determine poverty status. Poverty thresholds are assigned based upon the size of the family and the ages of the members (i.e., adults versus children). The same thresholds are used throughout the United States. Poverty thresholds were originally derived in the 1963-1964 using U.S. Department of Agriculture food budgets designed for families under economic stress and data about what proportion of their income families spent on food. The thresholds are updated annually for inflation using the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). How the Census Bureau Measures Poverty - U.S. Census Bureau [https://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/about/overview/measure.html]
HA: Poverty ThresholdYearPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 23
Poor201019.6%8.2%40.0%14117
Poor201125.5%17.1%36.2%43213
Poor201217.4%12.5%23.7%51339
Poor201323.2%15.7%32.9%63332
Poor201415.8%10.8%22.5%51271
Near Poor201014.3%9.1%21.9%40261
Near Poor201116.2%11.0%23.3%51369
Near Poor201217.3%13.3%22.1%83559
Near Poor201313.5%10.6%17.2%106666
Near Poor201420.5%15.6%26.4%86499
Middle/High201025.7%21.2%30.7%2211,269
Middle/High201118.5%16.3%20.9%3641,981
Middle/High201218.8%16.8%21.0%4472,702
Middle/High201320.1%18.0%22.4%5273,036
Middle/High201421.5%19.3%23.7%5182,972
Healthy Alaskans Goal201320.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201420.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201520.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201620.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201720.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201820.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal201920.0%
Healthy Alaskans Goal202020.0%

Data Notes

Poverty thresholds computed using the BRFSS assume that householders are less than 65 years of age as the ages of the household heads are not recorded. The maximum of the income range provided for the household is used to evaluate the proportion of the poverty threshold. This is a conservative approach as there are no errors of misclassification into the lowest poverty group. The category of Poor represents less than 100% of the poverty threshold. Near Poor is 100% through 199% of the poverty threshold. Middle/High income families are 200% or higher of the poverty threshold. How the Census Bureau Measures Poverty - U.S. Census Bureau [https://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/about/overview/measure.html]

Data Source

Alaska Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, by Alaska Public Health Regions, all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 2014

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Alaska ComparisonsAlaska Public Health RegionsPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 13
All AlaskansAnchorage - Mat-Su20.4%17.8%23.3%2771,677
All AlaskansGulf Coast24.4%19.8%29.6%125637
All AlaskansInterior17.3%14.0%21.2%127804
All AlaskansNorthern12.9%6.9%22.9%17127
All AlaskansSoutheast21.5%17.0%26.9%100611
All AlaskansSouthwest19.2%13.0%27.3%51278
Alaska NativesAnchorage - Mat-Su26.8%18.8%36.7%37166
Alaska NativesGulf Coast20.0%11.0%33.6%1162
Alaska NativesInterior24.2%13.8%39.0%1983
Alaska NativesNorthern12.8%5.7%26.3%977
Alaska NativesSoutheast20.8%13.0%31.7%21100
Alaska NativesSouthwest19.7%12.0%30.5%32147
Healthy Alaskans GoalHealthy Alaskans Goal20.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, by metropolitan/micropolitan statistical areas, all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 2012-2014 (3-year average)

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Alaska ComparisonsPercentage of AdultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 15
All AlaskansAnchorage19.3%17.5%21.2%4642,732
All AlaskansFairbanks North Star MSA17.0%14.9%19.3%2911,930
All AlaskansJuneau MicroSA24.0%20.0%28.5%146809
All AlaskansKetchikan Gateway MicroSA17.7%12.9%23.8%52354
All AlaskansKodiak Island MicroSA20.3%14.3%28.0%52271
All AlaskansMatanuska-Susistna Borough16.6%14.1%19.5%2621,851
All AlaskansRural (non-Metro/MicroSA)18.5%16.9%20.1%8014,749
Alaska NativesAnchorage21.2%16.2%27.4%60295
Alaska NativesFairbanks North Star MSA17.0%11.2%24.9%28153
Alaska NativesJuneau MicroSA27.8%17.4%41.3%2191
Alaska NativesKetchikan Gateway MicroSA20.8%10.8%36.2%1258
Alaska NativesKodiak Island MicroSA19.0%9.6%34.1%1351
Alaska NativesMatanuska-Susistna Borough20.4%11.1%34.4%26161
Alaska NativesRural (non-Metro/MicroSA)18.8%16.1%21.8%2841,517
Healthy Alaskans GoalHealthy Alaskans Goal20.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, by behavioral health systems assessment areas, all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 2014

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Alaska ComparisonsBehavioral Health System Assessment RegionsPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 21
All AlaskansAnchorage Muncipality21.8%18.5%25.4%1811,005
All AlaskansFairbanks North Star Borough16.0%12.5%20.2%96651
All AlaskansCity and Borough of Juneau27.7%20.2%36.8%46263
All AlaskansKenai Peninsula Borough25.1%19.9%31.2%92461
All AlaskansMatanuska-Susitna Borough16.3%13.1%20.2%96672
All AlaskansNorthwest Region12.9%6.9%22.9%17127
All AlaskansOther Interior Region23.2%16.4%31.8%48244
All AlaskansOther Southeast Region15.9%11.4%21.9%54348
All AlaskansY-K Delta Region20.4%12.6%31.5%24131
All AlaskansSouthwest Region20.1%12.7%30.5%43232
Alaska NativesAnchorage Muncipality28.6%18.8%40.8%2496
Alaska NativesFairbanks North Star Borough14.2%6.9%26.9%955
Alaska NativesCity and Borough of Juneau**28
Alaska NativesKenai Peninsula Borough**37
Alaska NativesMatanuska-Susitna Borough21.0%11.3%35.8%1370
Alaska NativesNorthwest Region12.8%5.8%26.3%977
Alaska NativesOther Interior Region**39
Alaska NativesOther Southeast Region15.4%8.4%26.4%1472
Alaska NativesY-K Delta Region15.4%8.3%26.8%1580
Alaska NativesSouthwest Region25.6%12.6%45.0%1981
Healthy Alaskans GoalHealthy Alaskans Goal20.0%

Data Notes

** = Data not available as fewer than 50 respondents in the denominator.

Data Source

Alaska Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, boroughs and census areas, all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 2012-2014 (3-year average)

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Alaska ComparisonsBoroughs/Census AreasPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 59
All AlaskansAleutians East Borough33.1%18.5%51.8%25103
All AlaskansAleutians West Borough10.4%6.1%17.3%26153
All AlaskansAnchorage Municipality19.3%17.5%21.2%4642,732
All AlaskansBethel Census Area15.6%11.1%21.3%65412
All AlaskansBristol Bay Borough19.5%11.2%31.7%1585
All AlaskansDenali Borough28.8%15.9%46.5%19101
All AlaskansDillingham Census Area8.9%5.4%14.4%28189
All AlaskansFairbanks North Star Borough17.0%14.9%19.3%2911,930
All AlaskansHaines Borough13.8%6.7%26.4%1290
All AlaskansHoonah-Angoon Census Area17.1%8.6%31.4%1263
All AlaskansJuneau City and Borough24.0%20.0%28.5%146809
All AlaskansKenai Peninsula Borough21.8%19.0%24.9%2461,346
All AlaskansKetchikan Gateway Borough17.7%12.9%23.8%52354
All AlaskansKodiak Island Borough20.3%14.3%28.0%52271
All AlaskansKusilvak Census Area11.6%6.8%19.0%21175
All AlaskansLake and Peninsula Borough10.8%5.4%20.3%18100
All AlaskansMatanuska-Susitna Borough16.6%14.1%19.3%2621,851
All AlaskansNome Census Area13.3%8.7%19.7%35251
All AlaskansNorth Slope Borough15.8%9.0%26.4%26146
All AlaskansNorthwest Arctic Borough21.3%13.2%32.4%28147
All AlaskansPetersburg Borough11.6%6.2%21.4%11103
All AlaskansPrince of Wales-Hyder Census Area15.1%9.5%23.2%24135
All AlaskansSitka City and Borough15.6%9.7%24.1%27209
All AlaskansSkagway Municipality**25
All AlaskansSoutheast Fairbanks Census Area16.3%10.7%24.1%42287
All AlaskansValdez-Cordova Census Area17.3%12.3%23.9%49270
All AlaskansWrangell City and Borough14.0%5.8%30.0%855
All AlaskansYakutat City and Borough**27
All AlaskansYukon-Koyukuk Census Area24.9%17.0%34.8%52243
Alaska NativesAleutians East Borough37.5%15.7%65.9%1154
Alaska NativesAleutians West Borough**42
Alaska NativesAnchorage Municipality21.2%16.2%27.4%60295
Alaska NativesBethel Census Area12.4%8.3%18.2%38248
Alaska NativesBristol Bay Borough**35
Alaska NativesDenali Borough**4
Alaska NativesDillingham Census Area6.5%3.0%13.2%1191
Alaska NativesFairbanks North Star Borough17.0%11.2%24.9%28153
Alaska NativesHaines Borough21.4%4.0%64.1%210
Alaska NativesHoonah-Angoon Census Area13.4%3.4%40.8%321
Alaska NativesJuneau City and Borough27.8%17.4%41.3%2191
Alaska NativesKenai Peninsula Borough24.1%16.1%34.4%26117
Alaska NativesKetchikan Gateway Borough20.8%10.8%36.2%1258
Alaska NativesKodiak Island Borough19.0%9.6%34.1%1351
Alaska NativesKusilvak Census Area14.0%8.4%22.5%21149
Alaska NativesLake and Peninsula Borough18.9%10.5%31.8%1564
Alaska NativesMatanuska-Susitna Borough20.4%11.1%34.4%26161
Alaska NativesNome Census Area12.2%6.8%21.1%20154
Alaska NativesNorth Slope Borough10.2%5.6%17.8%1684
Alaska NativesNorthwest Arctic Borough21.1%12.1%34.2%21127
Alaska NativesPetersburg Borough9.1%1.2%46.1%111
Alaska NativesPrince of Wales-Hyder Census Area14.8%7.1%28.3%950
Alaska NativesSitka City and Borough**33
Alaska NativesSkagway Municipality**1
Alaska NativesSoutheast Fairbanks Census Area50.5%27.0%73.8%1230
Alaska NativesValdez-Cordova Census Area24.4%11.8%43.6%1036
Alaska NativesWrangell City and Borough**12
Alaska NativesYakutat City and Borough**13
Alaska NativesYukon-Koyukuk Census Area33.3%21.4%47.8%37131
Healthy Alaskans GoalHealthy Alaskans Goal20.0%

Data Notes

** = Data not available as there were fewer than 50 respondents in the denominator.

Data Source

Alaska Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion


Percentage of adults (18+) who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, tribal health organization regions, all Alaskans and Alaska Natives, 2010-2014 (5-year average)

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Alaska ComparisonsPercentage of adultsLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 25
All AlaskansAleutians and Pribilofs21.4%14.9%29.6%68320
All AlaskansAnchorage/Mat-Su19.7%18.1%21.4%9896,102
All AlaskansArctic Slope14.3%8.9%22.4%32194
All AlaskansBristol Bay13.7%10.1%18.3%87497
All AlaskansCopper River/Prince William Sound20.1%15.5%25.7%82430
All AlaskansInterior18.2%16.4%20.1%5763,626
All AlaskansKenai Peninsula21.8%19.1%24.8%3462,002
All AlaskansKodiak Area21.5%16.6%27.4%83421
All AlaskansNorthwest Arctic24.2%17.0%33.5%47259
All AlaskansNorton Sound14.5%10.5%19.8%55358
All AlaskansSoutheast21.3%19.1%23.6%4672,808
All AlaskansYukon-Kuskokwim14.4%11.2%18.3%125830
Alaska NativesAleutians and Pribilofs31.7%19.0%47.8%28121
Alaska NativesAnchorage/Mat-Su22.3%17.1%28.5%111581
Alaska NativesArctic Slope12.2%7.3%19.6%21103
Alaska NativesBristol Bay14.6%9.6%21.7%47251
Alaska NativesCopper River/Prince William Sound27.6%15.8%43.5%1665
Alaska NativesInterior23.2%18.5%28.8%109453
Alaska NativesKenai Peninsula25.9%16.9%37.7%37179
Alaska NativesKodiak Area22.0%12.9%34.8%1973
Alaska NativesNorthwest Arctic35.9%17.5%36.4%39192
Alaska NativesNorton Sound14.3%9.5%21.1%35231
Alaska NativesSoutheast21.7%17.0%27.2%84421
Alaska NativesYukon-Kuskokwim13.6%10.2%17.9%90579
Healthy Alaskans GoalHealthy Alaskans Goal20.0%

Data Source

Alaska Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

References and Community Resources

'''References:''' 1. AK DHSS/DBH/Prevention and Early intervention. [http://hss.state.ak.us/dbh/prevention/programs/spfsig/pdfs/SPFSIG_AlaskaStrategicPlan.pdf Moving Prevention Upstream, January 2011]. '''Resources:''' NATIONAL: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) [http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator]. [http://www.niaaa.nih.gov National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism]. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, [http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/ Alcohol and Public Health]. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/ Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System].

More Resources and Links

Alaska and national goals may be found at the following sites:

Alaska health promotion resources may be found at the following site:

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Maps of health indicators for various subdivisions of Alaska may be found at the following site:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

For an on-line medical dictionary, click on this Dictionary link.

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