Home > Drinking population surveys - guidance document for standardizing approach. Final report prepared for the project Standardizing Measurement of Alcohol-Related Troubles.

Moskalewicz, Jacek and Sieroslawski, Janusz [Project SMART] . (2010) Drinking population surveys - guidance document for standardizing approach. Final report prepared for the project Standardizing Measurement of Alcohol-Related Troubles. Warsaw: Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology. 83 p.

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Currently, population surveys which focus on alcohol consumption and related problems are carried out regularly in almost all EU and EEA countries. Despite serious efforts and substantial spending, comparison of results across the EU is difficult, if possible at all, due to the lack of standardised methodologies. To fill this gap the EU Project: “Standardized measurement of alcohol-related troubles” (SMART1) was launched. One of its objectives was “to develop standardized comparative survey methodologies on heavy drinking, binge drinking, drunkenness, context of drinking, alcohol dependence and unrecorded consumption”.

The methodology, developed on the basis of a review of European survey experiences from over 20 countries as well as a literature review, was tested (pilot survey) in 10 countries with different socio-cultural backgrounds and patterns of alcohol consumption (Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, UK).

As a result, a model questionnaire with relevant guidelines for its implementation was designed and proposed for consideration for drinking specific surveys and as a component of other health surveys carried out at national, regional and EU levels. Therefore, the questionnaire consists of core and optional questions.

The core questions include alcohol consumption measures (beverage specific quantity frequency and risky single occasion drinking), questions on the context of drinking, a screening measure for alcohol abuse/dependency (RAPS), and questions on individual harm and harm from others, as well as social support for alcohol policies.

This publication discusses the background of proposed questions, methodological considerations and limitations. It also offers technical instructions as regards interviewing and data processing. Suggestions for further research are formulated.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, Alternative medical treatment, Screening
Source:Project SMART
Date:2010
Call No:HB2, BB
Pages:83 p.
Publisher:Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology
Place of Publication:Warsaw
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Accession Number:HRB 5015 (Available), HRB 5016 (Available)
Subjects:R Research > Type of research study > Empirical study > Survey
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
R Research > Research and evaluation method
VA Geographic area > Europe

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