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National Health Interview Survey, 1988: Alcohol Supplement (ICPSR 9506)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics


The basic purpose of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is to obtain information about the amount and distribution of illness, its effects in terms of disability and chronic impairments, and the kinds of health services people receive. Person variables include sex, age, race, marital status, veteran status, education, income, industry and occupation codes, and limits on activity. This Alcohol Supplement contains information on liquor consumption patterns: whether the respondent never drank alcoholic beverages or occasionally drank them, whether he or she was a former drinker or a present drinker, and the amount of alcohol consumed. The survey also elicited respondents' views on alcohol consumption, relationship to a drinker, reasons for not drinking, and ways that alcohol consumption affected everyday life.

Series: National Health Interview Survey Series

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 1988: Alcohol Supplement. ICPSR09506-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1991.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    alcohol abuse, alcohol consumption, chronic disabilities, chronic illnesses, disabilities, drinking behavior, health, health care, health care services, health problems, illness

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988

Universe:    Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States and the District of Columbia from 1,924 geographically defined Primary Sampling Units (PSUs).

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file(s) and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS. The age distribution for this supplement is ages 17-24 (N = 5,301), ages 25-34 (N = 10,433), ages 35-44 (N = 8,540), ages 45-54 (N = 5,395), ages 55-64 (N = 5,262), ages 65-74 (N = 5,245), ages 75+ (N = 3,633). The race distribution is white (N = 36,535), Black (N = 6,108), other (N = 1,166), Hispanics (N = 2,604), and non-Hispanics (N = 41,205). The data contain ampersands (&),dashes (-), and blank codes. The supplements to the National Health Interview Surveys may be used independently, since they incorporate Person file data.


Sample:    Multistage probability sample. One randomly selected sample person 18 years of age or older was chosen in each interviewed family.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Restrictions: In preparing the data tape(s) for this collection the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has removed direct identifiers and characteristics that might lead to identification of data subjects. As an additional precaution, NCHS requires, under section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m), that data collected by NCHS not be used for any purpose other than statistical analysis and reporting. NCHS further requires that analysts not use the data to learn the identity of any persons or establishments and that the director of NCHS be notified if any identities are inadvertently discovered. ICPSR member institutions and other users ordering data from ICPSR are expected to adhere to these restriction.


Original ICPSR Release:   1991-05-03

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