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Balance problem: Drifting to the side

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For all sample adults, BALPDRIFT indicates whether the respondent experienced problems drifting to one side when trying to walk straight during the last 12 months. The questionnaire included the instructions, "Do not include times when drinking alcohol." In 2008, the interviewers were also instructed to mark "No" if the respondent experienced this problem "for reasons OTHER than dizziness or balance. Examples include respondents who are in a wheelchair, are deaf, blind, don't have a driver's license, etc."

The question for this variable was part of the Sample Adult Balance Supplement, sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.


BALPDRIFT has no comparability issues.


  • 2008;2016: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 2008, 2016