Hispanic-American adults drink less than the average American (46.1 percent versus 55.2 percent), according to a new survey.
The group also uses drugs less (6.6 versus 7.9 percent) but are slightly more likely to binge drink (26.3 versus 24.5 percent).
Hispanic-Americans in poverty drink less (31.1 versus 39.8 percent), do drugs less (5.9 percent versus 11.7), and binge drink less (21.3 versus 25.2) than other Americans in poverty, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The survey included responses from 32,000 Hispanic-American adults between 2004 and 2008.
The study revealed large variations between Hispanic subgroups: for example, Hispanics from Spain drink the most often, while Puerto-Ricans hit the bottle the hardest. Here's how several demographics line up:
Puerto Rican: 28.7 percent
Two or more: 25.8
Central or South American: 20.8
Spanish: 13.1 percent
Two or more: 10.7
Puerto Rican: 9.8
Central or South American: 4.7