UCL  IRIS
Institutional Research Information Service
UCL Logo
Please report any queries concerning the funding data grouped in the sections named "Externally Awarded" or "Internally Disbursed" (shown on the profile page) to your Research Finance Administrator. Your can find your Research Finance Administrator at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/finance/research/rs-contacts.php by entering your department
Please report any queries concerning the student data shown on the profile page to:

Email: portico-services@ucl.ac.uk

Help Desk: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ras/portico/helpdesk
Publication Detail
Worsening of health and a cessation or reduction in alcohol consumption to special occasion drinking across three decades of the life-course
Abstract
Background: Ex-drinkers suffer from worse health than drinkers; however, whether a worsening of health is associated with a change in drinking status from early adulthood has not been previously investigated. We assesses whether a worsening of health is associated with a cessation in consumption or reduction to special occasion drinking from early adulthood to middle age. Methods: Multinomial logistic regression assessing whether a change in self-reported limiting longstanding illness (LLI) was associated with ceasing alcohol consumption, or a reduction to special occasion drinking compared with being a persistent drinker from age 23 in separate models at ages 33, 42 and 50. All models adjusted for sex, poor psychosocial health, education, marital and children in the household. Sample included participants from Great Britain followed longitudinally in the National Child Development Study (NCDS) from ages 23 to 33 (N=5,529),42 (N=4,787) and 50 (N=4,476). Results: Developing a LLI from the previous wave was associated with ceasing alcohol consumption at ages 33 (OR= 2.71, 95%CI= 1.16-4.93), 42 (OR=2.44, 95%CI=1.24-4.81) and 50 (OR=3.33, 95%CI=1.56-7.12) and a reduction to special occasion drinking at ages 42 (OR=2.04, 95%CI=1.40-2.99) and 50 (OR=2.04, 95%CI= 1.18-3.53). Having a persistent LLI across two waves increased the odds of ceasing consumption at ages 42 (OR=3.22, 95%CI=1.06-9.77) and 50 (OR=4.03, 95%CI=1.72-9.44), and reducing consumption to special occasion drinking at ages 33 (OR=3.27, 95%CI=1.34-8.01) and 42 (OR=2.25, 95%CI=1.23-4.50)). Persistent drinkers at older ages had the best overall health suffering less from previous poor health compared with those who reduced or ceased consumption at an earlier time-point. Conclusion: Developing a LLI was associated with a cessation in alcohol consumption and a reduction in consumption to special occasion drinking from early adulthood. Persistent drinkers who drank at least till 50 were the healthiest overall. Health selection is likely to influence non-drinking across the life course.
Publication data is maintained in RPS. Visit https://rps.ucl.ac.uk
 More search options
UCL Researchers
Author
Epidemiology & Public Health
Author
Epidemiology & Public Health
University College London - Gower Street - London - WC1E 6BT Tel:+44 (0)20 7679 2000

© UCL 1999–2011

Search by