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Co-occurrence of tobacco and alcohol use and mental illness among U.S. veterans 2018

In 2018, substance use was more frequent among U.S. veterans with mental illness. Around 34 percent of veterans over the age of 18 with serious mental illness reported smoking or binge drinking in the past month. The statistic illustrates the percentage of U.S. veterans aged 18 years and over who reported cigarette use or binge drinking in the past month in 2018, by mental health status.

Percentage of U.S. veterans who smoked or binge drank in the past month in 2018, by mental health status*

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Sources

Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Number of respondents

Around 67,500

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Dataset excludes: Active military, long-term hospital residents, prison populations, homeless not in shelters.

Daily cigarette use among veterans with serious mental illness not shown due to low precision.

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