Drinking

The diet diaries collected in 1982, 1989, 1999 and 2006-10 gathered specific information on the quantities of alcohol consumed.

In addition to the diet diaries, in 1989, 1999, 2006-10 and 2014-16, the number of measures of alcohol drunk in the last seven days were self-reported in terms of spirits, wine and beers.

Variable

1989

1999

2006-10

2014

Have you drunk alcohol in the last year?

dralc99

dra09

DRA14x

In the last 7 days have you had any spirits or liqueurs?

drsp99

drs09

DRS14x

How many measures of spirits or liqueurs have you had in the last 7 days?

drspt89

drspt99

ndrs09

NDRS14x

In the last 7 days have you had any wine, sherry, martini or port?

drwn99

drw09

DRW14x

How many measures of wine, sherry, martini or port have you had in the last 7 days

drwin89

drwin99

ndrw09

NDRW14x

In the last 7 days have you had any beer, lager, cider, or stout?

drbe99

drb09

DRB14x

How many half pints of beer, lager, cider, or stout have you had in the last 7 days

drbee89

drbee99

ndrb09

NDRB14x



The CAGE questionnaire, a tool for detecting alcoholism, was also asked in the first three of these sweeps1), with the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test2), a ten-question screening tool to pick up the early signs of hazardous and harmful drinking and identify mild dependence, being used in the most recent collection.

The Present State Examination asked in 1982 also contains a question about drinking.



Obtaining the standard drinking variables

  • You can obtain a list of the standard topic variables to use in an NSHD data sharing request by selecting the link at the end of this page.
  • The XML version of the link can be sent to the LHA as part of a data sharing request.
  • Simply use your browser's Save As facility to save the list of variables to a file on your computer.
  • You can then email the XML version to us in support of your application, or when you fill in the data access application form and it asks which variables you need, mention the 'drinking standard basket' along with any others.


HTML version of the standard variables to view

Download the XML for the drinking standard basket

1)
see Ewing JA; Detecting alcoholism. The CAGE questionnaire. JAMA. 1984 Oct 12;252(14):1905-7