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Table 3 Demographics of the US general population and VA outpatient samples

From: Inconsistencies between alcohol screening results based on AUDIT-C scores and reported drinking on the AUDIT-C questions: prevalence in two US national samples

  US general population sample VA outpatient sample
  (N = 26,610) (N = 467,416)
Demographic characteristic n (%) n (%)
Gender     
 Male 12,856 (48.3) 450,681 (96.4)
 Female 13,754 (51.7) 16,735 (3.6)
Age     
 18-29 6,073 (22.8) 4,477 (1.0)
 30-39 6,325 (23.8) 8,619 (1.8)
 40-49 5,699 (21.4) 25,994 (5.6)
 50-59 3,923 (14.7) 102,506 (21.9)
 60-69 2,331 (8.8) 119,871 (25.6)
 70-79 1,557 (5.9) 137,491 (29.4)
 80+ 702 (2.6) 68,458 (14.6)
Education*     
 High school/GED or less 10,582 (39.8) 211,501 (45.3)
 Some college/Associate’s degree 8,619 (32.4) 146,837 (31.4)
 College graduate or more 7,409 (27.8) 104,703 (22.4)
Marital status*     
 Married/Living with significant other 14,122 (53.1) 305,107 (65.3)
 Widowed 1,531 (5.8) 39,939 (8.5)
 Divorced/separated 4,375 (16.4) 90,794 (19.4)
 Never married 6,582 (24.7) 25,482 (5.5)
Race/ethnicity*     
 American Indian/Alaska Native 410 (1.5) 9,756 (2.1)
 Asian/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 656 (2.5) 3,723 (0.8)
 Black/African American 4,126 (15.5) 26,752 (5.7)
 White 16,542 (62.2) 401,149 (85.8)
 Hispanic/Latino 4,876 (18.3) 20,819 (4.5)
Positive AUDIT-C screens (among drinkers)     
 Male (≥4 points) 5,903 (45.9) 202,003 (44.8)
 Female (≥3 points) 4,783 (34.8) 6,202 (37.1)
  1. *Column totals of these demographic characteristics for VA Outpatient Sample do not total to 100% due to missing values.
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