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Eurobarometer 72.3: Public Health Attitudes, Behavior, and Prevention, October 2009

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • European Commission
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Eurobarometer Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
alcohol; alcohol consumption; attitudes; dental health; diet; doctor visits; drinking age; drinking behavior; driving under the influence; drugs; eating habits; European Union; exercise; health; health attitudes; health behavior; health care; health care access; health care services; health problems; health status; human behavior; lifestyles; medical care; medicine; nutrition; participation; physical fitness; public health; public opinion; public safety; quality of life; smoking; social change; tobacco products; tobacco use
  • Abstract

    The Eurobarometer series is a unique cross-national and cross-temporal survey program conducted on behalf of the European Commission. These surveys regularly monitor public opinion in the European Union (EU) member countries and consist of standard modules and special topic modules. The standard modules address attitudes towards European unification, institutions and policies, measurements for general socio-political orientations, as well as respondent and household demographics. The special topic modules address such topics as agriculture, education, natural environment and resources, public health, public safety and crime, and science and technology. This round of Eurobarometer surveys covers the special topic of public health and includes the following major areas of focus: (1) check-up and prevention, (2) oral health, (3) alcohol habits, (4) smoking habits, (5) organ and blood donation, and (6) sport and physical activity. Questions pertain to medical tests and health exams received in the past 12 months, eating a healthy diet, exercise, visits and access to a dentist, and food and drink consumption. Other questions addressed alcohol consumption within the past 12 months, smoking status and behavior, as well as the knowledge of human organ donation and transplant, and safety of blood transfusions compared to 10 years ago. Demographic and other background information collected includes age, gender, nationality, marital status, occupation, age when stopped full-time education, household composition, ownership of a fixed or a mobile telephone and other durable goods, difficulties in paying bills, level in society, and Internet use. In addition, country-specific data includes type and size of locality, region of residence, and language of interview (select countries).
  • Methods

    Please review the ICPSR codebook; "Variable Documentation" section for information concerning individual weights and the "Technical Specifications" section for general weighting information.
  • Methods

    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..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: GESIS
    • DS2: ICPSR
Temporal Coverage
  • 2009-10-02 / 2009-10-19
    Time period: 2009-10-02--2009-10-19
  • 2009-10-02 / 2009-10-19
    Collection date: 2009-10-02--2009-10-19
Geographic Coverage
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Europe
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Global
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
Sampled Universe
In all, Eurobarometer 72.3 interviewed 30,292 citizens in the 27 countries of the European Union after the 2004/2007 enlargement (i.e. including the Accession Countries Romania and Bulgaria), in the remaining Candidate Countries (CC) Croatia and Turkey, as well as in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and among the Turkish Cypriot Community (Northern Cyprus). All respondents were residents in the respective country, nationals and non-nationals but EU-citizens, and aged 15 and over. They were supposed to have sufficient command of one of the respective national language(s) to answer the questionnaire. Separate samples were drawn for Northern Ireland and East Germany. Smallest Geographic Unit: country
Multistage national probability samples.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview

    The original data collection was carried out by TNS Opinion and Social on request of the European Commission between October 2 and 19, 2009.

    This collection is being released in two parts. Part 1 contains the original files provided by GESIS and Part 2 the ICPSR-processed collection.

    The documentation and/or setup files may contain references to Norway, but Norway was not a participant in this wave of Eurobarometer surveys. This collection contains no data for Norway.

This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 32441 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR32441.v1
  • Guarnizo-Herreno, Carol C., Tsakos, Georgios, Sheiham, Aubrey, Watt, Richard G.. Oral health and welfare state regimes: A cross-national analysis of European countries. European Journal of Oral Sciences.121, (3pt1), 169-175.2013.
    • ID: 10.1111/eos.12049 (DOI)
  • Guarnizo-Herreno, Carol C, Watt, Richard G, Pikhart, Hynek, Sheiham, Aubrey, Tsakos, Georgios. Socioeconomic inequalities in oral health in different European welfare state regimes. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.67, (9), 728-735.2013.
    • ID: 10.1136/jech-2013-202714 (DOI)
  • Marti­nez-Sanchez, Jose M, Blanch, Carles, Fu, Marcela, Gallus, Silvano, La Vecchia, Carlo, Fernandez, Esteve. Do smoke-free policies in work and public places increase smoking in private venues?. Tobacco Control.2013.
    • ID: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050877 (DOI)
  • Raos, D., Cubedo, M., Raos, M.. Graphical study of reasons for engagement in physical activity in European Union. SpringerPlus.2, (488), 1-6.2013.
    • ID: 10.1186/2193-1801-2-488 (DOI)
  • Volken, T., Weidmann, C., Bart, T., Fischer, Y., Kluter, H., Ruesch, P.. Individual characteristics associated with blood donation: A cross-national comparison of the German and Swiss population between 1994 and 2010. Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy.40, (2), 133-138.2013.
    • ID: 10.1159/000349985 (DOI)
  • Willemsen, Marc, Kiselinova, Maja, Nagelhout, Gera, Joossens, Luk, Knibbe, Ronald. Concern about passive smoking and tobacco control policies in European countries: An ecological study. BMC Public Health.12, (1), 8762012.
    • ID: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-876 (DOI)
  • TNS Opinion & Social. Blood Donation and Blood Transfusions. Special Eurobarometer 333b, Wave 72.3.Brussels: European Commission. 2010.
    • ID: (URL)
  • TNS Opinion & Social. EU Citizens' Attitudes Towards Alcohol. Special Eurobarometer 331, Wave 72.3.Brussels: European Commission. 2010.
    • ID: (URL)
  • TNS Opinion & Social. Oral Health. Special Eurobarometer 330, Wave 72.3.Brussels: European Commission. 2010.
    • ID: (URL)
  • TNS Opinion & Social. Organ Donation and Transplantation. Special Eurobarometer 333a, Wave 72.3.Brussels: European Commission. 2010.
    • ID: (URL)
  • TNS Opinion & Social. Sport and Physical Activity. Special Eurobarometer 334, Wave 72.3.Brussels: European Commission. 2010.
    • ID: (URL)
  • TNS Opinion & Social. Summary: Health Determinants. Special Eurobarometer 329, Wave 72.3.Brussels: European Commission. 2010.
    • ID: (URL)
  • TNS Opinion & Social. Tobacco. Special Eurobarometer 332, Wave 72.3.Brussels: European Commission. 2010.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

European Commission (2013): Eurobarometer 72.3: Public Health Attitudes, Behavior, and Prevention, October 2009. Archival Version. Eurobarometer Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.