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Scand J Public Health. 2015 Jun;43(4):381-4. doi: 10.1177/1403494815576268. Epub 2015 Mar 9.

Changes in alcohol consumption between 2009 and 2014 assessed with the AUDIT.

Author information

1
STAD, Centre for Psychiatry Research, Department of Clinical Neuroscience Karolinska Institutet, Sweden hakan.kallmen@sll.se.
2
Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Social Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, Stockholm University, Sweden.
3
The Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs (CAN), Sweden.
4
Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Epidemiology and Public Health Intervention Research (EPHIR), Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Alcohol habits in Sweden, assessed as sales and estimates of unrecorded consumption, have changed since joining the EU. Earlier studies using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) showed that reported consumption is consistent with sales data, which makes it possible to assess consumption according to sex and age.

AIMS:

This study reports the changes in alcohol habits between 2009 and 2014, a period starting a couple of years after Sweden joined the EU.

METHOD:

The AUDIT was sent to a random sample of the Swedish population aged between 17 and 80 years old.

RESULTS:

No statistically significant changes were shown in six age and sex groups.

CONCLUSIONS:

Alcohol habits have stabilised in Sweden but on a higher consumption level than before.

KEYWORDS:

Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test; Alcohol consumption; Swedish population

PMID:
25754867
DOI:
10.1177/1403494815576268
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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