FSD holdings contain a number of data series and individual datasets suitable for research on alcohol and substance use.

There are also many datasets that contain individual questions and variables which are potentially useful to researchers of the subject. The data archived at the FSD can be downloaded free of charge from Aila Data Service, according to the conditions set for each dataset.

Please note that below is listed only a sample of all data available at the Data Archive and we encourage you to use keyword search more datasets on the subject on Aila. In addition, datasets suitable for research on the theme may be found from other European data archives by using CESSDA Data Catalogue (Opens in new tab).

Questions and variables of quantitative datasets that have been fielded in English or translated at the FSD can be explored by browsing through Aila variable search. If a quantitative dataset has not yet been translated, you can request a translation free of charge. Qualitative data are only available in their original language. Where applicable, all related materials are freely accessible on the study description page of each dataset.

Datasets on the theme

FSD3616 University Student Health and Well-being Survey 2021
This national survey examined the health and health-related behaviour of university and university of applied sciences (polytechnic) students in Finland. Among other topics, the respondents were asked about their use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco products (amount, frequency). Drinking habits were further charted using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT).

FSD3282 Finnish Drinking Habits Survey 2016
The Finnish Drinking Habits Survey 2016 charted alcohol use, use of other substances, drinking occasions, consumed quantities of alcohol, consequences of alcohol use and attitudes toward alcohol in Finland. Some questions also covered gambling.

FSD3181 Alcohol and Drug Survey 2014
The 2014 Alcohol and Drug Survey studied the substance use of Finnish adult population as well as attitudes and opinions on drugs and drug policies.

FSD2730 Cognitive Functions and Coping Skills of Alcoholics 1987-1988 and Follow-up 2014
The data are part of a research project studying clients and staff of Finnish rehabilitation centres treating people with substance abuse problems. This dataset covers the treatment and rehabilitation of male alcoholics treated in an alcohol rehabilitation centre.

Datasets elsewhere

People interested in finding data on alcohol and substance use should also take a look at data available at other data archives around the world.

In Finland, the Language Bank of Finland (Opens in new tab) also provides services to researchers and archives audio and video material. Research data produced in Finland may also be searched via the Fairdata.fi Etsin (Opens in new tab) . Services of various European social science data archives can be accessed through the website of CESSDA (Opens in new tab) . The UK Data Service (Opens in new tab) has, among other things, a wide variety of excellent qualitative data. Another good source of data is the German GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (Opens in new tab) . The extensive holdings of the American ICPSR (Opens in new tab) are also well worth searching.