Task 1 – Analysis of SEAS 1
Task 1 will continue and deepen the analysis of the first SEAS, carried out by RARHA in 19 countries over 2015-16; and resulted in a comprehensive assessment of alcohol epidemiology, including various consumption measures and harm to drinkers as well as to others.
Although the survey data have been analysed descriptively, and the methodology and results have been published, the full potential of the survey has not yet been exploited. In particular, systematic analyses with respect to differences between different types of drinkers and abstainers and with regard to cross-country differences or regional clustering will be extended.
Task 2 – SEAS 2
Task 2 of the DEEP SEAS will liaise with a network of country representatives in order to roll out the 2nd SEAS in 33 countries in the European Region (28 EU + Norway, Iceland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova and Serbia) over 2019-20. While the surveying work will be standardised and covered by an experienced surveying company (Kantar); in activating the country networks in this task, DEEP SEAS aims to ensure that the ownership of the SEAS stays with the countries responsible, and promote future self-sufficient monitoring of alcohol use at the national level.
The SEAS Survey in times of COVID-19 pandemic
In 2020, public and private life in Europe has been undergoing drastic changes due to the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), and public health measures to contain the spread of the virus, which are also likely to affect health-related behaviours such as alcohol use. An independent rapid-response study, led by the Technische Universitaet Dresden and involving more than 20 research institutions from all over Europe, was set up to investigate self-reported changes in alcohol consumption during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The findings from this project, with data from surveys in 21 languages, will inform the interpretation of the SEAS 2 findings to make these more relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic era.