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Peter Boyle, Paolo Boffetta, Albert B. Lowenfels, Harry Burns, Otis Brawley, Witold Zatonski, and Jürgen Rehm

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655786

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655786.001.0001

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Tools for estimating alcohol consumption

Tools for estimating alcohol consumption

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(p.107) Chapter 12 Tools for estimating alcohol consumption
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Alcohol
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Gerhard Gmel

Kevin D. Shield

Jürgen Rehm

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655786.003.0012

This chapter discusses the measurement of alcohol consumption. Four aspects must be considered: whether alcohol consumption is the dependent or independent variable; the level of data aggregation; whether between- and within-individual variation in consumption is of major interest or concern; and how precise (unbiased) the estimation should be. Aggregate measures are the best measurement of alcohol consumption, but these come with uncertainty, especially in the measurement of unrecorded consumption. An alternative to using survey data or aggregate measures alone is to use both methods in combination through statistical modelling.

Keywords:   alcohol use, alcohol intake, measurement tools, aggregate measures

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