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Figure D8-1. Historical Perspecitve of per Capita Ethanol Consumption in the United States

Consumption of ethanol, in gallons, is provided for the period from 1850 to 2000. In 1850, per capita consumption (based on population age 15 and older) was 2.1 gallons. Consumption was not recorded during Prohibition and was at a low of 0.97 gallons in 1934. Consumption rose to a high of 2.76 gallons in both 1980 and 1981 before declining to 2.18 gallons in 2000.

Sources:

Alcohol Epidemiologic Data System. Nephew, T.M.; Williams, G.D.; Yi, H.; Hoy, A.K.; Stinson, F.S., and Dufour, M.C. Surveillance Report #62: Apparent Per Capita Alcohol Consumption: National, State, and Regional Trends, 1970–2000. Rockville, MD: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Division of Biometry and Epidemiology (August 2003).

Data updated from: Hyman, M.; Zimmerman, M.; Gurioli, C.; and Helrich, A. Drinkers, Drinking and Alcohol-Related Mortality and Hospitalizations: A Statistical Compendium, 1980 Edition. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University, 1980.

Alcohol Epidemiologic Data System. Stinson, F.S.; Lane, J.D.; Williams, G.D.; and Dufour, M.C. U.S. Apparent Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages. U.S. Alcohol Epidemiologic Data Reference Manual, Vol. 1, 3rd Edition. Rockville, MD: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Division of Biometry and Epidemiology (October 1997).

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