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Frequency eating sugar in coffee/tea, on foods, past year: Number of units


SUGARNO is a 3-digit-numeric variable.

0: Never or less than 6 times per year
888: 888 (1987: 888+)
995: 995+ times
996: Not in Universe
997: Unknown-refused
998: Unknown-not ascertained
999: Unknown-don't know


For sample adults, SUGARNO reports how many times the respondent had sugar in coffee or tea or on cereal in a specified time period. SUGARNO should be used in conjunction with SUGARTP, which reports the corresponding time unit stated by the respondent. The field representative's manual indicates that the number of times a person adds sugar to her/his coffee, tea, or cereal does not necessarily equate to the number of cups or bowls. For information about the portion size, see SUGARSIZ.

SUGARNO is part of a series of variables initiated in 1987 related to food, food knowledge, and cancer. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


Changes in survey design (e.g., quarters in which the supplement was collected) may affect raw frequencies, but do not affect comparability of the variable. As always, data users should use the prescribed IHIS weights.


  • 1987: Half of sample persons age 18+ (excluded from CACT supplement).
  • 1992: Half of sample persons age 18+ in quarters 1 and 2 and 2 weeks in quarter 3 (excluded from CACT supplement).


  • 1987, 1992