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Alcohol Use among Adults in Minnesota

In 2016, most adult Minnesotans (63.7%) said they drink alcohol.

  • 67.7% of men 18 and older reported alcohol use.
  • 59.7 % of women 18 and older reported alcohol use.

Excessive Drinking

Excessive alcohol use can result in harms such as motor vehicle injuries, violence, heart disease, cancer, alcohol poisoning, and poor birth outcomes. Excessive drinking includes binge drinking (4 or more drinks in one occasion for women, 5 or more drinks for men), heavy drinking (8 or more drinks in a week for women, 15 or more drinks in a week for men), and any drinking by pregnant women or people under age 21.

  • Minnesota had one of the highest binge drinking rates in the nation in 2016, with 21.3% of adults reporting binge drinking.1
  • The percent of adults who said they binge drank in the past month has not changed much since 2011, with more men (26.5%) saying they binge drink than women (16.2%).
  • Women and men ages 18 to 44 years (23.6% and 35.5% respectively) were more likely to say they binge drink than those older than 44 years (10.3% of women and 18.6% of men).
  • 18% of pregnant women said they drank alcohol in the last month; more than 5% said they binge drank in the past month.

If you are concerned about your drinking or the drinking of your loved one, please talk with your health care provider.

Youth Alcohol Use

  • While alcohol use among adults in Minnesota has not changed much over the past seven years, youth alcohol drinking has declined.
  • 17% of 9th and 11th grade students said they have used alcohol within the last 30 days in 2016, down from 21% in 2013.
  • 8% of 9th and 11th grade students said they binge drink, down from 11% in 2013.

Youth who use alcohol at a young age are more likely to experience alcohol dependence or abuse alcohol later in life than people who begin drinking at or after age 21.

  • Male 9th and 11th grade students were more likely to report using alcohol before age 13 (13%) than females (10%).
  • 12.3% of Minnesota 9th grade students reported alcohol use before age 13, a decline from 19.8% in 2007.

Alcohol-Related Harms                          

Alcohol is used more often and by more people than any other drug, and alcohol contributes to more deaths, injuries, and illnesses than any other drug.

Alcohol-related Mortality

The estimated number of deaths that involved alcohol has increased over the past 16 years.

  • There were an estimated 1,745 alcohol-related deaths each year between 2012 and 2016, compared to 1,127 alcohol-related deaths each year during 2001 to 2005.
  • Men are more likely to die from alcohol-related causes than women. In 2016, 66% of alcohol-related deaths were among men.
  • Deaths caused directly by alcohol use increased significantly over the past 16 years.
  • 100% alcohol-attributable deaths increased by 102% between 2000 and 2016.
  • The rate of alcohol-attributable deaths increases with age, with the largest increase over time seen among those 50 years and older.

Hospital Treatment for Alcohol-related Conditions

The number of alcohol-related diseases and injuries requiring hospital treatment has increased over the past 16 years.

  • Alcohol-related hospital treatment increased by more than 200% for working-age adults between 2001 and 2016.
  • In 2016, alcohol contributed to 10,303 inpatient hospitalizations, 12,010 emergency room visits, and 14,626 emergency medical service responses.
  • In 2015, 4.4% of the 414,790 hospital treatments for injuries in Minnesota were related to alcohol.

Additional resources

For more information

Contact Kari Gloppen at kari.gloppen@state.mn.us for alcohol-related data information.

Contact Dana Farley at dana.farley@state.mn.us for alcohol and drug related policy information.

Updated Wednesday, 03-Apr-2019 10:22:24 CDT