Alcohol Education Guide
to Reducing Harmful Drinking

Data Sources

There are numerous places to look for information about alcohol consumption and related topics. A few resources are collected and organized by topic here to help you get started.


Alcohol Consumption by Country

The Global Information System on Alcohol and Health (GISAH) reports consumption by amount, patterns, harms and consequences, economics, alcohol control policies, prevention and treatment, and research.

IARD hosts two country-level datasets reporting alcohol consumption: The International Wine and Spirits Research data reports alcohol consumption by beverage strength from 2001 through 2011; and Canadean data, which reports beer production, imports, exports and beer consumption by country from 2000 through 2011.

The CDC and WHO, in collaboration with UNICEF, UNAIDS and UNESCO, collect data on health behaviors, including alcohol consumption, and protective factors from students between the ages of 13 - 17 years. Over 120 countries and 400,000 students have participated in the first survey (2013). 

Regional or Country-level Data Sources

ESPAD collects comparable measures on substance use among 15-16 year old students in over 40 European countries. Data are currently available from 2003.

A collaborative research project with the WHO European regional office, the HBSC study is a cross-national survey conducted in 43 European and North American countries among adolescents. Data from seven surveys, dating back to 1985, are currently available.

The YRBSS is a survey of high school students in all 50 U.S. states and three territories. Data files are available from 1991 to the present and include six types of risk behaviors, including alcohol use.

 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conduct the world's largest annual telephone survey of adults in the U.S. and its territories. BRFSS collects data on a large number of health-related risk factors including any alcohol use, binge drinking, and heavy drinking.