Health, lifestyle, health care use and supply, causes of death; from 1900

Health, lifestyle, health care use and supply, causes of death; from 1900

Periods Lifestyle Alcohol consumption, 16 years or older Drinkers (%) Lifestyle Alcohol consumption, 16 years or older Heavy drinkers (%)
2022 . .
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table presents a wide variety of historical data in the field of health, lifestyle and health care. Figures on births and mortality, causes of death and the occurrence of certain infectious diseases are available from 1900, other series from later dates.
In addition to self-perceived health, the table contains figures on infectious diseases, hospitalisations per diagnosis, life expectancy, lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity, and causes of death. The table also gives information on several aspects of health care, such as the number of practising professionals, the number of available hospital beds, nursing day averages and the expenditures on care.
Many subjects are also covered in more detail by data in other tables, although sometimes with a shorter history. Data on notifiable infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS are not included in other tables.

Data available from: 1900

Status of the figures:
Most figures are definite.
Figures are provisional for the last year reported for:
- Hospital admissions;
- Quantitative hospital data;
- Health professions;
- Causes of death.
Figures are (revised) provisional for the last three years reported for:
- expenditures on care.
Due to 'dynamic' registrations, figures for infectious diseases remain provisional.

Changes as of 14 July 2022:
- For each series the most recent available figures have been added.
- For health care expenditure, the volume index series with reference year 2010 has been replaced for a new series with reference year 2015.

When will new figures be published?
December 2023

Description topics

Lifestyle
Some factors that may influence health: smoking, drinking alcohol, being
overweight and use of the contraceptive pill.
Alcohol consumption, 16 years or older
Questions about drinking alcoholic beverages and how often respondents
had drunk at least six units in one day in the six months preceding the
interview were asked through a written questionnaire.
Drinkers
Percentage of persons in the population aged 16 years or older who
occasionally or regularly drink alcoholic beverages.
Heavy drinkers
Percentage of persons in the population aged 16 years or older who are heavy drinkers. Up to 2012 the definition of a heavy drinker was a person that drinks at least 6 glasses of alcohol on one day at least once a week. From 2012 onwards there is a distinction between men and women. For men still goes that a heavy drinker is a person who drinks at least 6 glasses of alcohol on one day at least once a week. For women goes that a heavy drinker is a person who drinks at least 4 glasses of alcohol on one day at least once a week. Due to this change in definition the figures of before 2012 and from 2012 onwards cannot be compared very well.