[Alcohol consumption, income and education in Norway, 1993-2000]

Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2003 Oct 23;123(20):2849-53.
[Article in Norwegian]


Background: We have studied the trend in alcohol consumption by socio-economic status in Norway over the 1993-2000 period. Have differences in consumption been stable over time, or have they levelled off?

Material and methods: Our analysis is based on self-reported data from 6894 persons, stratified by year, sex, age, level of education, level of income, and where in Norway they lived. Bivariate and multiple analyses were performed.

Results: Alcohol consumption increased in all socio-economic groups over this period. Men consumed more than women; consumption increased with level of education and level of income. Income and level of education predicted alcohol consumption about equally well. The Oslo area had the highest consumption.

Interpretation: Alcohol consumption has increased in all socio-economic groups. It increases with level of education and higher income; men consume more than women.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Alcohol Drinking / economics
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
  • Alcohol Drinking / trends*
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Income
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Norway / epidemiology
  • Sex Distribution
  • Surveys and Questionnaires