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Ever had delirium tremens

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For sample persons over age 18, this variable indicates if the respondent ever had delirium tremens. The condition did not have to be diagnosed by a doctor or health professional, and a definition of delirium tremens was not provided in the survey text or in the Field Representative's Manual . According to the National Library of Medicine, delirium tremens is "a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that involves sudden and severe mental or neurological changes."


Interviewers asked respondents to report if they EVER had any of 25 conditions, and respondents could indicate yes or no for as many as conditions necessary, but could not specify any "other" condition. (If the sample person reported a condition other than the one being asked about, interviewers re-asked the question to emphasize that they were only interested in the conditions listed on the survey).

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This condition was one of 25 health conditions included in the Alcohol and Health Practices module in the 1983 supplement. The Field Representative's Manual mentioned that the conditions included in the inquiry were those that were some of the most common conditions that "may be related in some smoking, alcohol use, or other health practices."


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1983: Sample persons age 18+.


  • 1983