TABLE 1

Distribution of Sample Characteristics

CharacteristicSample, % (n)
Total100.0 (3592)
Gender
    Male51.3 (1741)
    Female48.7 (1869)
Race
    White66.7 (2576)
    Black10.8 (299)
    Hispanic15.4 (453)
    Other7.1 (280)
Education
    <12 y9.8 (284)
    High school graduate29.5 (902)
    Some college34.9 (1208)
    College graduate or more25.7 (1215)
Age of drinking onset, y
    ≤1410.5 (358)
    15–1734.3 (1239)
    18–2032.4 (1200)
    ≥2122.8 (798)
Age at survey, y
    18–2532.2 (798)
    26–3547.3 (1862)
    36–3920.6 (950)
Family feelings about alcohol
    Family did not approve of drinking21.8 (723)
    Family accepted light drinking but disapproved of heavy drinking56.2 (2094)
    Family accepted heavy drinking10.9 (398)
    There was disagreement in the family about the acceptability of drinking11.2 (375)
Friends' drinking occasionally during first year of high school
    Almost all17.7 (594)
    Some62.0 (2265)
    None20.3 (742)