As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the United States, anxiety and depression levels remain elevated compared to pre-pandemic rates. However, 2021 data shows a significant decline in reported anxiety and depression symptoms. While overall rates of anxiety and depression are beginning to trend downward when compared to early pandemic data, disparities across demographic groups remain present. This brief examines both combined and individual rates of reported anxiety and depression symptoms for the total adult population as well as by specific breakdowns, including age, gender, race/ethnicity, income categories, and education levels.
Underpinning significant growth in alcohol-involved deaths in recent years, tens of millions of U.S. adults report heavy drinking and binge drinking--also known as "excessive" alcohol use. But survey data also show wide disparities in excessive alcohol consumption patterns across demographic groups. This brief examines the prevalence of heavy drinking and binge drinking across different age, gender, income, and race and ethnicity categories.