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This 'data map' is provided as a tool for researchers to navigate the publicly available data on alcohol in the UK with the hope that this will facilitate secondary analysis of extensive resources currently available. The search tool can be used to identify datasets that contain variables of interest, or use particular methods. In addition, some features of the sample can be selected. This resource therefore allows researchers to quickly find the right data for their work. You can search for datasets that satisfy a wide variety of characteristics at the same time, including:
* Alcohol questions (e.g. binge-drinking, parental attitudes to alcohol)
* Other topics (e.g. perpetrating crime, sexual behaviour, smoking) * Type of survey (e.g. longitudinal data, among children, sample size, geographical data).

Main Topics/Subject Category

Demographic and health variables (age, health status and behaviour), alcohol variables (consumption, drinking pattern, other drinking, other alcohol variables), sampling and method (country, dates included, methods, method of contact, sample size, regional breakdown).

Alcohol consumption, alcohol, mortality, drinking habit, binge drinking, spending, frequency, drunkenness, pregnancy, family attitude, peer pressure, alcohol services, drink driving, harm, policies, private household, mental health, drugs, diet, fitness, smoking, sexual health, sexual behaviour
Identifier Variables
Communities, counties, country, drug and alcohol action team areas, GOR, grouped standard regions, HA, HA regions/districts, health boards, inner city/other urban/rural breakdown, LA, LA areas, LA districts, NHS regional offices, NUTS2 areas, parliamentary constituencies, police force areas, postcode districts, postcode sectors, PCT/care trusts, Scottish regional councils, standard regions, unitary authority area, wards, Westminster parliamentary constituencies.
Economic/Subject Categories
Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking
Area of Health System
Public health
Data collecting organization (s)
Institute of Alcohol Studies
Data Type
Coverage (date of field work)
1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Unit of Analysis

Varies depending on dataset of interest.

Institute of Alcohol Studies
Conditions of Access
Free access, Pay to access
Tel: 01480466766,