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National Health Interview Survey, 1988: Alcohol Supplement

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Health Interview Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
alcohol abuse; alcohol consumption; chronic disabilities; chronic illnesses; disabilities; drinking behavior; health; health care; health care services; health problems; illness
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Collection date: 1988
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States and the District of Columbia from 1,924 geographically defined Primary Sampling Units (PSUs).
Multistage probability sample. One randomly selected sample person 18 years of age or older was chosen in each interviewed family.
Collection Mode
  • 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.

This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9506 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics (1991): National Health Interview Survey, 1988: Alcohol Supplement. Version 1. National Health Interview Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.