Heavy Alcohol consumption in Erie County

Heavy Alcohol Consumption

Analysis Categories

What does this measure?

At Risk Drinking Behavior by age, sex, educational attainment, and income level. Banded in 3 year increments since 2000 for both Erie County and Pennsylvania. At Risk for Heavy Drinking defined as males having more than 2 drinks per day and females having more than 1 drink per day.

Why is this important?

Excessive drinking increases an individual's risk of poor health outcomes, including motor vehicle crashes and unintentional injuries, and is often a contributing factor in child abuse, domestic violence, suicide, and homicide.

How is Erie County doing?

Age

The significant differences found regarding at-risk behavior for heavy alcohol consumption occurs within residents of Erie County aged 18 to 44 years old. Erie County's residents within this age group are reported at being 4% higher than their cohort at the Pennsylvania state level for at-risk heavy drinking, across both sexes.

Educational Attainment

While there is no significant difference between residents of Erie County with at-risk drinking behavior according to varying education levels, there is a slight (2%) higher average for residents with less than a bachelor's degree (8%) as compared to statewide averages (6%).

Income

While there is no significant difference between residents of Erie County with at-risk drinking behavior according to varying income levels, there is a slight (2%) higher average for residents with +$50,000 income (9%) as compared to statewide averages (7%).

Over Time

At-risk drinking behavior rose between the 2012 to 2014 and 2015 to 2017 year bands, by +1% for the entire reported population. A the statewide level at-risk drinking behavior remained at 6% for the reported population. A note to the limited scope of these variables' trends: according to the PA Department of Health, "In 2011, a new weighting methodology was adopted along with the inclusion of cell phones in the survey. Due to this change, statistics for years prior to 2011 should not be compared to statistics from 2011 to present."

EVS Indicators

EVS analyzes the data in each topic category using indicators, which report a targeted and digestible number, rate, or amount to represent Erie County as a whole. While this does not cover every aspect of the topic, it assists in establishing Erie's performance relative to the prior year(s). The indicators for the Health: Alcohol Use topic are:

 

This indicator measures the percentage of Erie County residents reported at risk for heavy drinking (males having 2 or more drinks per day, females having 1 or more drinks per day). The trend for Heavy Alcohol Consumption is up and worse for the 2015 to 2017 period with a reported increase of +1.0% within the County.

How does Erie compare to Pennsylvania?

About this Data

Data from the PA Department of Health as of 2018.