Lifetime, Annual, and Monthly Alcohol and Tobacco Use

The following table shows the percentage of alcohol and tobacco use by Americans ages 12 and older for their lifetime, the past year, and the past month.

Substance Lifetime Past Year
(2013)
Past Month
Alcohol 81.5% 66.3% 52.2%
 Binge alcohol use¹ n.a. n.a. 22.9%
 Heavy alcohol use¹ n.a. n.a. 6.3%
Tobacco Products² 66.8% 30.8% 25.5%
 Cigarettes 61.8% 25.3% 21.3%
 Smokeless tobacco 17.6% 4.5% 3.4%
 Cigars 34.0% 9.5% 4.7%
 Pipe tobacco³ 13.0% n.a. 0.9%
¹Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days. Heavy Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion on each of 5 or more days in the past 30 days; all heavy alcohol users are also binge alcohol users.
² Tobacco Products include cigarettes, smokeless tobacco (i.e., chewing tobacco or snuff), cigars, or pipe tobacco. Tobacco Product use in the past year excludes past year pipe tobacco use, but includes past month pipe tobacco use.
³Information about past year use of pipe tobacco was not collected.
Source: SAMHSA, 2015. Web: www.oas.samhsa.gov.

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