San Juan County residents drink more than their neighbors | UW Medicine program releases health data

San Juan County residents outdrink the rest of the state by more than 10 percent.

According to the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, 73.07 percent of county residents – both male and female – consume alcohol on a regular basis as opposed to the state average of 61.84 percent. IHME collects data from health providers across the country with the goal of steering medical research initiatives. An interactive map released earlier this year from the institute, which is an independent organization through the University of Washington, combines mortality data from every county in the country for more than 10 years, with the most recent metrics from 2012. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation partially funds IHME’s research. Although alcohol consumption in the county is higher than the regional and national average, San Juan County residents are more active and fewer people are obese. More than 87 percent of county residents were reported as being physically active in 2012 compared to almost 81 percent of state residents and 74 percent nationally.

In addition, only 26.04 percent of county residents were obese in 2012 while the state average was 34.81 percent, and national was 36.06 percent. Along with obesity, alcohol use and physical activity, the map also can be used to explore health trends for 29 types of cancer, 21 major causes of death, life expectancy, smoking, hypertension and diabetes in every county of the country. To view the map, visit