A3.5 Unrecorded alcohol

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Drinking alcohol is an important public health problem. It is an even more important problem when there are many different ways of acquiring the substance. The amounts of alcohol acquired from some sources are recorded and published in official alcohol consumption statistics.
Alcohol consumption figures may be based on data on alcohol taxation or data from formal off- and on-premise alcohol sales, while other ways of acquiring alcohol go beyond these official statistics, like amounts of alcoholic beverages smuggled into the country or amounts of alcoholic beverages travellers are importing when returning to their home countries. Unrecorded alcohol consumption is estimated to be a significant part of all alcohol drunk by human beings. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), worldwide almost a quarter of all alcohol consumed consists of unrecorded alcohol. In the area of WHO EURO the corresponding figure is 17 per cent (WHO 2014). That is why questions screening unrecorded alcohol can be important in a survey research on alcohol consumption.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComparative monitoring of alcohol epidemiology across the EU
Subtitle of host publicationBaseline assessment and suggestions for future action. Synthesis report.
EditorsJacek Moskalewicz , Robin Room , Betsy Thom
Place of PublicationVarsóvia
PublisherThe Joint Action on Reducing Alcohol Related Harm (RARHA) 
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-83-88075-16-2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Alcohol abuse
  • Portugal


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