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Drinks Too Much Alcohol by Family Structure and Religious Practice

Family Structure: According to the General Social Survey (GSS), 32.8 percent of always-intact married adults reported that they sometimes drink too much alcohol, followed by 38.5 percent of married, previously-divorced adults, 43.2 percent of single, divorced or separated adults, and 47.8 percent of single, never-married adults. [1]   

Religious Practice: According to the General Social Survey (GSS), 25.2 percent of adults who worshiped at least weekly reported that they sometimes drink too much alcohol, followed by 35.7 percent of those who worshiped between one and three times a month, 42.8 percent of those who attended religious services less than once a month, and 47.3 percent of those who never attended religious services.

Family Structure and Religious Practice Combined: According to the General Social Survey (GSS), 24.7 percent of adults in always-intact marriages who attended religious services at least weekly reported that they sometimes drink too much alcohol, followed by 31.6 percent of all other adults who worshiped at least weekly, 41.2 percent of adults in always-intact marriages who never attended worship, and 52.1 percent of all other adults who never attended religious services.

[1] These charts draw on data collected by the General Social Survey, 1972-2006. From 1972 to 1993, the sample size averaged 1,500 each year. No GSS was conducted in 1979, 1981, or 1992. Since 1994, the GSS has been conducted only in even-numbered years and uses two samples per GSS that total approximately 3,000. In 2006, a third sample was added for a total sample size of 4,510.