Prevalence of Alcohol and Drug Use in California's Household Population, 1988-1991

Analysis of the California Subsample from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse

by Patricia A. Ebener, Daniel F. McCaffrey, Hilary Saner

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This draft is one of three volumes commissioned and funded by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs to improve the quantitative information available for defining the nature and patterns of substance abuse problems throughout California. Using existing data, each report contributes to the building of a profile of alcohol and drug use and their social and economic consequences. This volume describes the prevalence of alcohol and illicit drug use in the California household population in detail. The second report compares the impact of alcohol and illicit drug use between those in California and those in the United States using prevalence data from this report and indicators of the public health and public safety impacts of substance abuse. The third report reviews the available indicators of alcohol and illicit drug use problems across California's counties and provides a framework for intra-state comparisons at the county level. The companion volumes are: Prevalence and Impact of Alcohol and Drugs: California vs. the Nation; and Impact of Substance Abuse Problems in California: How Do Counties Vary?

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