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Days had 5+ drinks, past year: Time period

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For sample adults 18+ who drank alcohol at least once in the past year, ALC5UPTP indicates the type of time unit (weeks, months, years) they had five or more alcoholic beverages in a single day (four or more for women beginning in 2014). This variable should be used in conjunction with ALC5UPNO, which indicates the number of time units.


Slight changes in the universe between 2003-2004 may compromise comparability between pre-2004 and 2004-forward samples. Additionally, beginning in 2014, the number of drinks in one sitting is adjusted to five or more for men and four or more for women. This reduces the comparability with previous samples as women who had four drinks in a sitting would not have counted those occasions in previous samples. The variable is comparable for 1997-2003, 2004-2013, and 2014-forward.


  • 1997-2003: Sample adults age 18+ who drank in past year, including those who didn't know how often.
  • 2004-2018: Sample adults age 18+ years who drank at least once in the past year.


  • 1997-2018