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Alcohol drinking status: Recode

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ALCSTAT1 indicates the alcohol drinking status of the sample adult. ALCSTAT1 summarizes the responses to the question, "In your entire life, have you had at least 12 drinks of any type of alcoholic beverage?"

The Field Representative's Manual defines alcohol to "include as alcohol all types of beer (including stout, ale, malt liquor, or light beer, but does not include alcohol-free beer), wine (including port, sherry, sangria wine coolers, and champagne), and liquor (including brandy, liqueurs, scotch, whiskeys, tequila and gin)."


This variable is comparable over time.


  • 1990: Sample persons age 18+.
  • 1997-2018: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 1990, 1997-2018