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Data & Statistics

Prevalence in Ohio

Ohio Alcohol Statistics

Statistics indicate Ohio’s drinking habits are on par with national averages.

  • 17.2% of Ohio adults over 18 binge drink at least once per month.
  • The median number of drinks per binge is 5.7; the 25% most active drinkers consume a median 8.2 drinks per binge.
  • Binge drinking adults in Ohio binge a median 1.9 times monthly; the 25% most active drinkers binge 4.4 times per month.
  • An average of 5,739 annual deaths in Ohio are attributable to excessive alcohol use.
  • The 5-year average annual rate of excessive alcohol deaths per capita in Ohio increased by as much as 56.1% from 2015 to 2019.
  • Ohio averages one (1) death from excessive alcohol use for every 2,056 people aged 18 and older or 6.24 deaths for every 10,000 adults.
  • 54.8% of people who die from excessive alcohol use in Ohio are male.
  • 54.8% of excessive alcohol use deaths are from chronic causes, such as Alcohol Use Disorder.
  • 83.0% of deaths in Ohio from excessive alcohol use are adults aged 35 years and older.
  • 2.63% of people in Ohio who die from excessive alcohol use are under the age of 21.
  • The CDC estimates 151,736 years of potential life is lost to excessive alcohol use each year.
  • Ohio taxpayers spent $8.520 billion as a result of excessive alcohol use in 2010; adjusted for inflation, this is equivalent to $11.502 billion or $2.84 per drink in 2022 US$.

Prevalence in USA

National Statistics

Though legal, alcohol kills over 95,150 Americans every year.

  • 86.4% of people ages 18 or older report drinking alcohol at some point in their lifetime
  • 70.1% report drinking in the past year
  • 56% report drinking in the past month
  • Among the 15 million individuals with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), less than 8% receive treatment.
  • Alcohol use among 12- to 17-year-olds increased 4.4% from 2018 to 2019, whereas use among other age groups declined.