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Ever had fatty liver

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For sample persons over age 18, this variable indicates if the respondent ever had "fatty liver". The condition did not have to be diagnosed by a doctor or health professional, and a definition for "fatty liver " was not provided in the survey text or in the Field Representative's Manual . According to the National Library of Medicine, a fatty liver is a disease in which there is a build-up of extra fat in the liver cells. It can be caused excessive alcohol use and occurs at the onset of alcohol-related liver disease.


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).

Related Variables

In addition to LIVERFATEV, four other liver conditions were included in the 1983 survey.


These include:

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 adults age 18+.


  • 1983