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4720.0.55.001 - Microdata: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, Expanded CURF, 2008  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/09/2010  Reissue
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Reissue: This release includes two corrections to income data. Decile boundaries used to construct Gross Weekly Income In Deciles have been corrected and a correction has also been applied to the income range for Equivalised Household Income. This reissue was released on 01/09/2010.

14/03/2014 Note: Error in the derivation of alcohol consumption risk levels for people drinking at 'low risk' and 'risky' levels.

Risk of harm from alcohol consumption in the long term (chronic risk)

In the 2002 and 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Surveys (NATSISS), the 2001 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Guidelines were incorrectly applied, such that males who reported four standard drinks (50 mls of alcohol) and females who reported two standard drinks (25 mls of alcohol) were categorised as drinking at 'risky' rather than 'low risk' levels. Males reporting seven or more standard drinks and females reporting five or more standard drinks were correctly categorised as being at 'high risk' of harm.

Risk of harm from alcohol consumption in the short term (acute risk)

In the 2002 and 2008 NATSISS, the 2001 NHMRC Guidelines were incorrectly applied, such that males who reported six standard drinks (75 mls of alcohol) and females who reported four standard drinks (50 mls of alcohol) were categorised as drinking at 'risky' rather than 'low risk' levels. Males reporting eleven or more standard drinks and females reporting seven or more standard drinks were correctly categorised as being at 'high risk' of harm.

An Information Paper outlining the nature and extent of the error and including revised data has been published (cat. no. 4714.0.55.005). In addition to the revised data in the Information Paper, the ABS has also provided a set of data cubes with more detailed information.

Users of the NATSISS 2008 CURF are advised not to use the following items to calculate alcohol consumption risk levels based on 2001 NHMRC Guidelines:
  • RSKY12M (Risky alcohol consumption - 12 month (2002 comparison))
  • RSKY2WK (Risky alcohol consumption - 2 weeks (2002 comparison))

Instead, the data items shown in the table below should be used to calculate alcohol consumption risk levels (based on 2001 NHMRC Guidelines).


CURF Data items to use to calculate alcohol consumption risk levels, based on 2001 NHMRC guidelines(a)

Alcohol consumption risk level
SAS name
Data item

Chronic risky/high risk alcohol consumption
DALYALC
Average daily consumption of alcohol in last 12 months (standard drinks)
Acute risky/high risk alcohol consumption
ALCQ7C
Most alcohol consumed in 1 day in last 2 weeks (standard drinks)

(a) For details see Revised 2002 and 2008 NATSISS alcohol data by risk level, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, 2013 (cat. no. 4714.0.55.005).


2008 NATSISS CURF INFORMATION SESSION VIDEO


A video seminar is available as an introduction to issues associated with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) 2008 and expanded CURFs.

The session includes information about:
    • The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) 2008;
    • NATSISS 2008 specific data quality issues;
    • The NATSISS 2008 CURFs;
    • Using the Random Access Data Laboratory (RADL) to access and use NATSISS 2008 CURF data;
    • Useful references for CURF users; and a
    • Q&A session with a panel of experts.

You will need Windows Media Player to view the videos. Windows Media player can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/mp10/default.aspx


Video Segment 1
Includes: Introduction, RADL demonstration and information on 2008 NATSISS CURFs
Duration: 37:59 minutes
Size: 99.4 MB

Video Segment 2
Includes: Data quality, useful references and Q&A
Duration: 38:02 minutes
Size: 99.4 MB


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