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Lifecourse transitions, gender and drinking in later life

Holdsworth, C; Frisher, M; Mendonca, M; De Oliveiria, C; Pikhart, H; Shelton, N; (2016) Lifecourse transitions, gender and drinking in later life. Ageing & Society , 37 (3) pp. 462-494. 10.1017/S0144686X15001178. Green open access

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Abstract

Older people consume less alcohol than any other adult age group. However, in recent years survey data on alcohol consumption in the United Kingdom have shown that while younger age groups have experienced a decline in alcohol consumption, drinking behaviours among the elderly have not reduced in the same way. This paper uses data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing to analyse both the frequency and quantity of older adult's alcohol consumption using a lifecourse approach over a ten-year period. Overall drinking declined over time and the analysis examined how socio-economic characteristics, partnership, employment and health statuses were associated with differences in drinking behaviours and how these changed over time. Higher wealth and level of education were associated with drinking more and drinking more frequently for men and women. Poorer self-rated health was associated with less frequent consumption and older people with poor and deteriorating health reported a steeper decline in the frequency of alcohol consumption over time. Men who were not in a partnership drank more than other men. For women, loss of a partner was associated with a steeper decline in drinking behaviours. These findings have implications for programmes to promote responsible drinking among older adults as they suggest that, for the most part, characteristics associated with sustaining wellbeing in later life are also linked to consuming more alcohol.

Type: Article
Title: Lifecourse transitions, gender and drinking in later life
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X15001178
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X15001178
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Gerontology, Geriatrics & Gerontology, alcohol consumption, older adults, gender, partnership, health, lifecourse, ALCOHOL-CONSUMPTION, OLDER-ADULTS, HEAVY DRINKING, UNITED-STATES, PATTERNS, HEALTH, AGE, TRAJECTORIES, MORTALITY, COHORT
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1499313
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