Advertisement

An Overview of Techniques and Problems in the Measurement of Alcohol Consumption

  • Timo Alanko
Part of the Research Advances in Alcohol and Drug Problems book series (AADP, volume 8)

Abstract

This chapter presents an overview of the measurement of alcohol consumption in general population surveys. Throughout the literature on alcohol, various aspects of the subject have been treated, most often in connection with reports on empirical survey studies. Specific studies include those of Mäkela (1971), Pernanen (1974), and Duffy (1982) among others. In recent years discussion has concentrated on the validity of survey results, especially on the coverage problem as discussed below.

Keywords

Alcohol Consumption Total Consumption Survey Period Response Error Drinking Habit 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Ahlström-Laakso, S., 1975, Drinking Habits among Alcoholics, Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies, Forssa.Google Scholar
  2. Alanko, T., 1981, A Statistical Framework for Describing the Measurement of Alcohol Consumption from Survey Data. 27th International Institute on the Prevention and Treatment of Alcoholism, Vienna, Austria.Google Scholar
  3. Alanko, T., 1982, A Statistical Model for Describing Drinking Behaviour and Distribution of Alcohol Consumption in Sample Surveys. Unpublished licentiate thesis, Department of Statistics, University of Helsinki.Google Scholar
  4. Bruun, K., 1972, Surveys of drinking and abstaining: Urban, suburban and national studies introduction,Q. J. Stud. Alcohol(Suppl. 6).Google Scholar
  5. Bruun, K., and Hauge, R., 1963,Drinking Habits among Northern Youth, Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies, Helsinki.Google Scholar
  6. Cahalan, D., and Cisin, I. H., 1968, American drinking practices: Summary of findings from a national probability sample. I. Extent of drinking by population subgroups,Q. J. Stud. Alcohol29: 130–151.Google Scholar
  7. Cahalan, D., Cisin, I. H., and Crossley, H., 1969,American Drinking Practices, Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies, New Brunswick, N.J.Google Scholar
  8. De Lint, J., Hyman, M. M., Mulford, H. A., and Fitzgerald, J. L., Wechsler, H., 1981, “Words and deeds;” responses to Popham and Schmidt,J. Stud. Alcohol42(3):359–368.Google Scholar
  9. Duffy, J. C., 1982, The Measurement of Alcohol Consumption in Sample Surveys. Alcohol Epidemiology Section of the International Council of Alcohol and Addictions, Helsinki, July 1982.Google Scholar
  10. Ekholm, A., 1968, A Study of the Drinking Rhythm of Finnish Males. 28th International Congress on Alcohol and Alcoholism, Washington, D.C.Google Scholar
  11. Folks, J. L., and Chhikara, R. S., 1978, The inverse gaussian distribution and its statistical appli¬cation,J. R. Stat. Soc. [B] 40: 263–289.Google Scholar
  12. Gregson, R. A., and Stacey, B. G., 1980, Distribution of self-reported alcohol consumption in New Zealand, 1978-1979,Psychol. Rep.47: 159–170.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Gregson, R. A., and Stacey, B. G., 1982, Self-reported alcohol consumption: A real psychophysical problem,Psychol. Rep.50: 1027–1033.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Kreitman, N., and Duffy, J., 1982, Beyond Consumption: The Effect of Drinking Patterns on the Consequences of Drinking. Alcohol Epidemiology Section of the International Council of Alcohol and Addictions, Helsinki.Google Scholar
  15. Kuusi, P., 1957,Alcohol Sales Experiment in Rural Finland, Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies, Helsinki.Google Scholar
  16. Mäkelä, K., 1971,Measuring the Consumption of Alcohol in the 1968–1969 Consumption Study, Oy Alko Ab, Helsinki.Google Scholar
  17. Morrison, D. G., and Schmittlein, D. C., 1981, Predicting future events based on past performance,Management Sci. 27 (9): 1006–1023.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. Mulford, H. A., and Fitzgerald, J. L., 1981, cited in De Lint et al.Google Scholar
  19. Pernanen, K., 1974, Validity of survey data on alcohol use, in:Research Advances in Alcohol and Drug Problems, Vol. 1, ( R. J. Gibbins, Y. Israel, H. Kalant, R. E. Popham, W. Schmidt, and R. G. Smart, eds.), pp. 355–374, John Wiley, New York.Google Scholar
  20. Popham, R. E., and Schmidt, W., 1981a, Words and deeds: The validity of self-reported data on alcohol consumption,J. Stud. Alcohol42 (3): 355–358.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  21. Popham, R. E., and Schmidt, W., 1981 b, “Words and deeds”: A rejoinder,J. Stud. Alcohol42(5):533–535.Google Scholar
  22. Pöysä, T., and Niiranen, S., 1966, Kokemuksia samojen henkilöiden toistuvista haastatteluista (Experiences from repeated interviews with the same persons),Alkoholipolitiikka2: 73–80.Google Scholar
  23. Sariola, S., 1956,Drinking Patterns in Finnish Lapland, Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies, Helsinki.Google Scholar
  24. Simpura, J., 1981, Drinking habits in Finland and Scotland: A comparison of survey results, Int.J. Addict.16: 1129–1141.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  25. Skog, O-J., 1981, Distribution of self-reported alcohol consumption: Comments on Gregson and Stacey,Psychol. Rep.49: 771–777.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  26. Straus, R., and Bacon, S. D., 1953,Drinking in College, Yale University Press, New Haven. Wechsler, H., 1981, cited in De Lint et al.Google Scholar
  27. Wilson, P., 1981, Improving the methodology of drinking surveys,Statistician30: 159–167.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Timo Alanko
    • 1
  1. 1.Finnish Foundation for Alcohol StudiesHelsinkiFinland

Personalised recommendations