One of the first methodological questions confronting IRGGA was whether the common measures of alcohol consumption should use a "gender correction factor" that took into account the fact that women reach higher blood alcohol levels than men when consuming equivalent weight-adjusted amounts of alcohol.
Using the standard measures developed by IRGGA, researchers compared women's and men's drinking in 16 general population surveys from 10 countries: Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Israel, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, and the United States (Wilsnack et al.
Qualitative Research in IRGGA. One topic of discussion throughout IRGGA's history has been how quantitative and qualitative methods can be used together to improve the design of survey instruments and to better understand the psychological and social processes that underlie quantitative research findings.
In 1996 a subset of IRGGA members from European Union (EU) countries conducted a comparative study of women's and men's drinking patterns, and their acute and chronic consequences, in nine European countries: Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain (Scotland), Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic.
Drawing on their experience in collaborative research, IRGGA members have designed a new international study, known as GENACIS (Gender, Alcohol, and Culture: An International Study).
The GENACIS questionnaire developed by IRGGA contains questions about drinking behavior, drinking contexts (where, when, and with whom a person drinks), and drinking consequences (as perceived both by the respondent and by other people), and includes alcohol dependence questions from the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) (Saunders et al.