Drinking and Driving: A Survey of Licensed Drivers in the United States, 1983 (ICPSR 8356)

Published: Nov 4, 2005

Principal Investigator(s):
John Snortum


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This study focuses on the drinking and driving habits of Americans. The questionnaire contained 51 questions. Respondents were interviewed over the telephone and asked about their frequency of consumption of alcoholic beverages, where they most often drank, their mode of transportation to and from this location, their driving and drinking experiences, and their age, sex, educational attainment, and socioeconomic status.

Snortum, John. Drinking and Driving:  A Survey of Licensed Drivers in the United States, 1983    . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-11-04. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08356.v2

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United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (82-IJ-CX-0059)


1983-04-04 -- 1983-04-06

The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

The first 1,000 cases were drawn using a national probability sample of the 48 contiguous states. The final 400 cases were selected from an oversample of 20 states. Conditions were imposed to yield approximately 50 percent males and 50 percent females. Respondents were interviewed over the telephone using random-digit dialing.

The universe for this study is adults 16 years of age and older who possessed a valid driver's license.

telephone interviews

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2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

2002-03-08 The data file was reformatted to logical record length format, and a corresponding codebook and SAS and SPSS data definition statements were created. Existing hardcopy documentation was converted to PDF.

1985-03-18 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


  • 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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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.