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Title: A comparison of five questionnaires to assess alcohol consumption in a Mediterranean population
Authors: Serra-Majem, L 
Santana-Armas, JF
Ribas, L
Salmona, E
Ramon, JM
Colom, J
Salleras, L
UNESCO Clasification: 32 Ciencias médicas
3212 Salud pública
Keywords: Agreement
Validity
Reliability
Drinking
Disease, et al
Issue Date: 2002
Journal: Public Health Nutrition 
Abstract: Objective: To evaluate the reliability of alcohol consumption measured by five different dietary methods in the Catalan Nutrition Survey (1992-1993).Design: The different questionnaires used were: (1) two 7-day food records, (2) five items addressing alcoholic beverages in a 76-item food-frequency questionnaire, (3) a 1-week recall of 13 alcoholic beverages, (4) a 13-item alcoholic beverages frequency questionnaire and (5) two 24-hour recalls.Subjects: Ninety-three of the 120 adults (aged 20 to 70 years) initially recruited completed the questionnaires and provided a peripheral blood sample.Results: Mean daily alcohol intakes as assessed by the questionnaires were very similar. Beer was the alcoholic beverage most frequently consumed, followed by wine and liquor, Eighty-two per cent of the study population consumed less than 20 g of alcohol per day. No biochemical parameters were significantly correlated with alcohol intake estimated from the questionnaires.Conclusions: We found a satisfactory level of reproducibility and validity in the pattern of alcohol consumption across different levels and types of alcoholic beverage intake. We also found that the self-administered 13-item questionnaire and the 1-week recall were the best techniques to measure moderate or low alcohol consumption, suggesting that the two methods are the most suitable to assess overall alcohol intake in the general population.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/76261
ISSN: 1368-9800
DOI: 10.1079/PHN2001323
Source: Public Health Nutrition [ISSN 1368-9800], v. 5 (4), p. 589-594, (Agosto 2002)
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