The 2022 sample size was 71,369 and used multi-mode collection methods in gathering the self-reported data from respondents. Some findings include the following results:
- Among the 137.4 million (or 48.7%) current alcohol users aged 12 or older in 2022, a little less than half (or 44%) were past month binge drinkers. About a quarter of people aged 12 or older (or 26%) who were binge drinkers in the past month were heavy alcohol users in 2022.
- Among the 5.8 million (or 15.1%) of underage people aged 12 to 20 who were past month alcohol users in 2022, over a half were past month binge drinkers (or 54%), and around 20% of underage people who were binge drinkers in the past month were heavy alcohol users.
- In 2022, 70.3 million people aged 12 or older (or 24.9%) used illicit drugs in the past year. Marijuana was the most used illicit drug, with 22.0% of people aged 12 or older (or 61.9 million people) using it in the past year.
- In 2022, almost 1 in 4 adults aged 18 or older had any mental illness (AMI) in the past year (59.3 million or 23.1%).
- Among adolescents aged 12 to 17 in 2022, 19.5% (or 4.8 million people) had a past year major depressive episode (MDE).
About the National Survey on Drug Use and Health
Conducted by the federal government since 1971, the NSDUH is a primary source of statistical information on self-reported substance use and mental health of the U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population 12 or older. The NSDUH measures include:
- Use of illegal drugs, prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco,
- Substance use disorder and substance use treatment,
- Major depressive episodes, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and other symptoms of mental illness, mental health care, and
- Recovery from substance misuse and mental health issues.
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