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Project Citation: 

Kaplan, Jacob. Apparent Per Capita Alcohol Consumption: National, State, and Regional Trends 1977-2018. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2021-01-16.

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Version 5 release notes:
  • Changes release notes description, does not change data.
Version 4 release notes:
  • Adds 2018 data.
  • Please note that this file has some revisions on the pre-2018 data because the report changed those values, not due to any changes in my code.
Version 3 release notes:
  • Adds 2017 data.
Version 2 release notes:
  • Makes columns showing the number of beers, glasses of wine, shots of liquor, and total drinks consumed based on the amount of ethanol consumed for each category that was already included.

This data set contains the per capita (persons aged 14+) consumption of ethanol (in gallons) for each state, Washington D.C., and totals for census regions and the United States as a whole, for the years 1977-2018. This includes total ethanol consumed as well as consumption by three categories: beer, wine, and shots of liquor ("spirits"). The PDF includes a method to convert the ethanol variables into total drinks of each type. I used this method to create columns for how many beers, glasses of wine, shots of liquor, and total drinks were consumed.

The PDF doesn't say how many ounces of fluid is in each drink type (except for the number_of_drinks_total variable) so I used the information provided by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism here - Please note that the number_of_drinks_total variable is based on the conversion formula provided, not by adding the individual drink categories together and therefore will be slightly different than that way of measuring it.

This data comes from a report by Dr. Megan E. Slater and Dr. Hillel R. Alpert at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (downloaded here That report is one of the files available to download and is included as it explains the methodology the two authors used for the data. I am not affiliated with the original report at all. If you do use this data please also cite the original report.

When using this data consider that it is rate per capita (persons aged 14+) based on the population in that state so states that experience lots of visitors (e.g. Nevada and Washington D.C.) may have incorrect numbers.

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms alcohol consumption; alcohol; drinking behavior; beer; liquor; spirits; wine; booze; alcohol use; NIH
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage United States
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 1977 – 2018
Universe:  View help for Universe Persons aged 14 and over living in the United States
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) aggregate data


Data Source:  View help for Data Source
Apparent per Capita Alcohol Consumption: National, State, and Regional Trends, 1977–2017

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