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Had alcohol abuse disorder, past 12 months

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For all persons in 1989, and persons ages 18 and older in the National Health Interview Survey-Disability Survey (NHIS-D) Phase I sample in 1994 and 1995, ALCABUSEYR indicates if the person had an alcohol abuse disorder in the past 12 months.


In 1989, ALCABUSEYR was part the mental health section of the survey. The Field Representative's Manual instructed interviewers to explain to respondents that for this series of questions, "no one else needs to be present" though it is unclear if such condition was mandatory for this part of the interview. The Manual does not provide a definition for "alcohol abuse disorder" and the term is assumed to be respondent-defined.

In 1994 and 1995, this variable is part of the Disability Supplement (NHIS-D) that collects information on disability. NHIS-D included two household interviews: in Phase I all members of sample families were screened for any indication of disability; in Phase II persons with any indication of disability were followed-up for additional information. Phase I includes sensory, communication, and mobility problems; health conditions; activities of daily living and independent activities of daily living; functional limitations; mental health; services and benefits; special health needs of children; early child development; education; relationship to respondent; and perceived disability. Phase II includes four Disability Followback Survey (DFS) questionnaires: one for children, one for adults, one for elderly persons (69 years of age and over) without any indication of disability (also called the Supplement on Aging or SOA; only in 1994), and one for persons with a history of polio.


In 1989, this question applied to all persons. In 1994 and 1995, this question was asked only of persons ages 18 and older in the NHIS-D Phase I sample. In both years, this question was answered by a family respondent who acted as proxy for all other family members.


  • 1989: All persons.
  • 1994-1995: Persons aged 18 years and older in the NHIS-D Phase I sample.


  • 1989, 1994-1995