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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.

1989

1999

2006-10

2014-6

 

Not asked

dralc99

dra09

dra14x

Have you drunk alcohol in the last year?

 

Not asked

drsp99

drs09

drs14x

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

 

drspt89

drspt99

ndrs09

ndrs14x

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

 

Not asked

drwn99

drw09

drw14x

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

 

drwin89

drwin99

ndrw09

ndrw14x

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

 

Not asked

drbe99

drb09

drb14x

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

 

drbee89

drbee99

ndrb09

ndrb14x

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

 


The CAGE questionnaire 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.


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