Alaska's binge drinking rates remain above national average

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(App users, to view this interactive data visualization, follow this link).

Data is sourced from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the state's Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office.

The Types of Alcohol Restrictions in AK Local Option Communities chart references AMCO's Schedule of Local Option Communities list, which was last updated in November 2016.

Both the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) estimates health-risk behaviors – including binge drinking prevalence – in the United States. These two surveys are managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to Alaska DHSS, between 1991 through 2005, binge drinking was previously defined as "adults (men and women) aged 18 years and older who consumed five or more drinks on one occasion within the past 30-day period." However, in 2006 the definition changed for women only, from "five or more drinks" to "four or more drinks" on one occasion.

For more relevant definitions, refer to the data visualization.

Among the adults who self-reported binge drinking to the BRFSS in 2016, rates in Alaska surpassed the national average. However, the same cannot be said for teens.

Use the interactive data visualization, above, to:
• Compare the percentage of wet vs. dry communities in Alaska, as of November 2016.
• Compare statewide and national self-reported binge drinking results of adults, between 1991 through 2016.
• Compare statewide and national self-reported binge drinking results of high school students, between 1995 through 2015.

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