NOTE: this is not a function.
This is a categorical variable derived by Statistics Canada that uses various intermediate alcohol variables to categorize individuals into 4 distinct groups:
cchsflow variable name for type of drinker
This variable is used in CCHS cycles from 2001 to 2007. How it was derived remained consistent during these years.
Starting in 2007, Statistics Canada created a derived variable that looked at drinking type in the last 12 months. This new derived variable did not distinguish between former and never drinkers. If your research requires you to differentiate between former and never drinkers, we recommend using earlier cycles of the CCHS.
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