Tobacco and Alcohol Usage

As part of a NIOSH-sponsored supplement on occupational health, questions on tobacco use were administered in the NAWS for six years, from 1999-2004, and questions on alcohol use were administered for three years, from 1999-2001. About a third of all agricultural workers had smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime. The six years of data showed an increase in the proportion of smokers quitting, with a more than twofold increase in the percentage of agricultural workers who had not smoked in the last 12 months. Alcohol consumption decreased slightly over the three-year data collection period; in 1999-2000, 50 percent of agricultural workers reported having consumed at least on alcoholic beverage during the past month, compared to 46 percent in 2001.

Average number of drinks per day last month

To view current and trend data from the NAWS select from the links below:

Attention A T users. Data is presented in three formats, a bar chart, a textual data table, and a line chart. The data is best reviewed though the data table when using A T.

Bar Chart — Average number of drinks per day last month

Data Table — Average number of drinks per day last month1

Category 99-00 01-02
# % # %
1-3 drinks2,00125%75924%
4-6 drinks1,17717%56718%
7 or more drinks6338%1905%
Do not know/No answer821%281%

1 Question was asked in 1999 through 2001; the 01-02 column contains data for 2001 only. A dash (“-“) indicates that the question was not asked during the corresponding time period.

a Estimates with relative standard errors (RSEs) greater than 30 percent but no more than 50 percent are published but should be used with caution.

b Estimates based on fewer than four responses or with RSEs greater than 50 percent are considered statistically unreliable and are suppressed.