Codes and Frequencies
For sample adults who have seen a doctor or other health professional in the past year (DVINT) and have had one or more drinks in the past 12 months (ALCANYNO or ALCAMT), MDALCADV reports whether, during the past 12 months, a doctor, dentist, or other health professional advised them to stop or cut down on their drinking. Please refer to the universe tab for information on who was asked MDALCADV in 2001.
Beginning in 2020, MDALCADV is collected as part of the rotating core of NHIS alcohol use questions, fielded every other year. For more information about the NHIS alcohol use rotating core, please see ALCDRINKEV.
In 2001, MDALCADV is one of a series of variables dealing with doctor advice. In 2001, sample adults were also asked whether the health professional recommended that they participate in a program to help reduce alcohol consumption. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.
Universe changes and questionnaire design changes introduced in 2019 limit comparability with earlier years. The NHIS questionnaire was substantially redesigned in 2019 to introduce a different data collection structure and new content. For more information on changes in terminology, universes, and data collection methods beginning in 2019, please see the user note. Please refer to the universe tab for changes in the MDALCADV universe.
- 2001: Sample adults age 18+ with 1+ usual (and specific) place to go when sick/need advice or who have a specific kind of place usually go to for routine preventive care or who see a particular and specific health professional for health care AND who have visited their place/provider during the past 12 months AND who were current drinkers who had 5+ drinks in a day on at least 2 days in the past year OR who were current heavier drinkers (men - more than 14 drinks per week during the past year and women - more than 7 drinks per week during the past year) OR who were current drinkers who had 4+ drinks (men) or who had 3+ drinks (women) on at least 3 days in the past year.
- 2020 2022: Sample adults 18+ who have seen a doctor or other health professional in the past year (DVINT) and have had 1 or more drinks in the past 12 months (ALCANYNO or ALCAMT).
- 2001, 2020, 2022
- 2001, 2020, 2022 : SAMPWEIGHT