Alcohol drinking pattern and subjective health in a population-based study

Stranges, S. and Notaro, J. and Freudenheim, J.L. and Calogero, Rachel M. and Muti, P. and Farinaro, E. and Russell, M. and Nochajski, T.H. and Trevisan, M. (2006) Alcohol drinking pattern and subjective health in a population-based study. Addiction, 101 (9). pp. 1265-1276. ISSN 0965-2140. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Aims Some patterns of alcohol consumption (e.g. binge drinking, drinking outside of meals) have been associated with detrimental effects on health outcomes. Subjective health provides a global assessment of health status and is a strong predictor of total mortality; however, little is known about its relationship with alcohol drinking pattern. The association between several drinking patterns (i.e. drinking intensity and frequency, frequency of intoxication, drinking outside of meals, and beverage type) and subjective health was examined in a random sample of 3586 women and men. Design A population-based cross-sectional study. Methods Subjective health was assessed using the physical and mental health component summaries of the Short Form-36 health survey questionnaire. Alcohol consumption refers to the 30 days before the interview. Analysis of covariance compared gender-specific mean scores across alcohol drinking patterns. Findings Overall, non-current drinkers reported poorer physical and mental health than life-time abstainers and current drinkers, while no consistent differences were found between life-time abstainers and current drinkers. In female current drinkers, daily drinking, beer and mixed beverage consumption were associated with better mental health. In male current drinkers, moderate alcohol consumption (2-2.9 drinks per day), wine and mixed beverage consumption were associated with better physical health. Intoxication and liquor consumption were associated with poorer mental health in women and poorer physical health in men. No consistent associations were found for drinking outside meals. Conclusions Aspects of drinking pattern may affect subjective health differentially in women and men. Overall, intoxication and liquor drinking are associated with poorer self-perceived health status than regular, moderate consumption of other alcoholic beverages.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: alcohol; drinking pattern; epidemiology; SF-36; subjective health
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Rachel Calogero
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2008 13:04
Last Modified: 13 May 2014 15:33
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