Alcohol.org, a subsidiary of American Addiction Centers, Inc, reports interesting findings on the holiday drinking patterns of US adults. Are answers to these 10 questions what you expect?
Family, friends, food, and drink--the essential ingredients for holiday celebrations in all seasons. Each category promises fun but can also produce problems, especially drinking.
Patient Care Online reviewed surveys on adult alcohol use during the holidays hosted on Alcohol.org, a subsidiary of American Addiction Centers, Inc. The 10 questions that follow are based on results of an Alcohol.org survey of more than 1000 Americans, reported in an article looking at the influence of holidays on alcohol consumption.
Find out what you know about who drinks and how much of what on which holiday and about the relative imbibing patterns of the sexes. There could be some patient insight for you here. (Note: the theme is Christmas but the holidays span the year.)
1. Which of the trios above (in these orders) comprise the top 3 holidays in terms of average number of alcoholic drinks consumed?
Answer: D. Mardi Gras, New Year’s Eve, St Patrick’s Day ranked first, second, and third for holidays on which US adults consumed the most alcohol.
Answer: B. St Patrick's Day and even though it ranks third on the list for most drinks consumed on a holiday, 36% of men surveyed identified St Patrick’s Day as the holiday they most associate with alcohol.
Answer: C. New Year's Eve was chosen by 44% of women surveyed as the holiday they most associate with alcohol.
Answer: B. False or A. True and then some. Nearly 90% (88%) of those surveyed said they consumed alcohol at the company holiday party.
5. Which of the above libations was found to be the top alcoholic beverage consumed during the winter holidays?
Answer: D. Champagne was the beverage most preferred during the winter holidays, followed by wine and then beer.
6. What percentage of men and women, respectively, report binge drinking during the winter holidays?
Answer: A. 23% (men) and 18% (women) agreed that they had engaged in binge drinking during the winter holidays.
7. What percentage of men and women, respectively, report having “blacked out” celebrating winter holidays?
Answer: A. 7.7% (men) and 5.9% (women) said they have blacked out while celebrating during the winter holidays.
8. What percentage of men and women, respectively, report binge drinking specifically on New Year’s Eve?
Answer: C. 47% (men) and 40% (women): Nearly half of men and more than one-third of women report binge drinking on New Year’s Eve. Americans consume an average of 4.4 drinks on New Year’s Eve.
9. What percentage of men and women, respectively, report having blacked out while celebrating New Year’s Eve?
Answer: C. 27.3% (men) and 16.7% (women) report having blacked out from drinking alcohol on New Year’s Eve--a good deal higher for both genders than reports of blacking out during the winter holidays in general: men, 7.7% and women, 5.9%.
Answer: B. Women. A survey of holiday injury patterns among Americans found that women’s drug- and alcohol-related injuries were most likely to happen on New Year’s Eve (18.4% vs 16.3% for men).
Bonus question: New Year’s Eve led all holidays in drug- and alcohol-related injuries involving which of the essential home features above (more than one may be correct)?