Substance Use Trends Among Blacks

Bottles of alcohol on a bar counterIt doesn’t matter if you’re a superstar like Rick James or an everyday person from your neighborhood, substance abuse can take over your body and your life. Rates of past month alcohol use and binge alcohol use were lower among black adults aged 18 or older than the national average for adults (44.3 vs. 55.2 percent and 21.7 vs. 24.5 percent, respectively); the rate of past month illicit drug use, however, was higher among black adults than the national average (9.5 vs. 7.9 percent).