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Alcohol and smoking consumption behaviours in older Australian adults: prevalence, period and socio-demographic differentials in the DYNOPTA sample

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Purpose Alcohol consumption and tobacco use are key

    risk factors for chronic disease and health burden across the

    adult lifespan. We estimate the prevalence of alcohol

    consumption and smoking by age and time period in adults

    from mid to old age.

    Methods Participants (n = 50,652) were drawn from the

    Dynamic Analyses to Optimise Ageing (DYNOPTA) project

    and were compared with Australian National Health

    Survey data. Alcohol and smoking consumption DYNOPTA

    data were weighted to the estimated resident population

    of the sampling frame for each contributing study according

    to age and sex distributions within major statistical

    regions.

    Results Comparisons in the rates of smoking and alcohol

    consumption between DYNOPTA and other national surveys

    were comparable. Males were more likely to be

    (RRR = 2.12) or have been smokers (RRR = 2.97), whilst

    females were more likely to be non-drinkers (RRR =

    2.52). Period effects were also identified; higher prevalence

    rates in consumption of alcohol (RRR = 3.21) and smoking

    (RRR = 1.67) for those contributing studies from the

    early 1990’s, in comparison with those studies from the

    latter half of the decade, were reported.

    Conclusions Over a decade, prevalence rates for highrisk

    consumption of alcohol and current smoking behaviour

    declined and suggest the possible impact of government

    health policy, with targeted-health policies, that included

    bans on public smoking, and a toughening of legislation

    against alcohol-related crime.

Authors


Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Burns, R. A., Birrell, C. L., Steel, D., Mitchell, P. & Anstey, K. J. (2013). Alcohol and smoking consumption behaviours in older Australian adults: prevalence, period and socio-demographic differentials in the DYNOPTA sample. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 48 (3), 493-502.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84878366688

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/1044

Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 493

End Page


  • 502

Volume


  • 48

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • Purpose Alcohol consumption and tobacco use are key

    risk factors for chronic disease and health burden across the

    adult lifespan. We estimate the prevalence of alcohol

    consumption and smoking by age and time period in adults

    from mid to old age.

    Methods Participants (n = 50,652) were drawn from the

    Dynamic Analyses to Optimise Ageing (DYNOPTA) project

    and were compared with Australian National Health

    Survey data. Alcohol and smoking consumption DYNOPTA

    data were weighted to the estimated resident population

    of the sampling frame for each contributing study according

    to age and sex distributions within major statistical

    regions.

    Results Comparisons in the rates of smoking and alcohol

    consumption between DYNOPTA and other national surveys

    were comparable. Males were more likely to be

    (RRR = 2.12) or have been smokers (RRR = 2.97), whilst

    females were more likely to be non-drinkers (RRR =

    2.52). Period effects were also identified; higher prevalence

    rates in consumption of alcohol (RRR = 3.21) and smoking

    (RRR = 1.67) for those contributing studies from the

    early 1990’s, in comparison with those studies from the

    latter half of the decade, were reported.

    Conclusions Over a decade, prevalence rates for highrisk

    consumption of alcohol and current smoking behaviour

    declined and suggest the possible impact of government

    health policy, with targeted-health policies, that included

    bans on public smoking, and a toughening of legislation

    against alcohol-related crime.

Authors


Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Burns, R. A., Birrell, C. L., Steel, D., Mitchell, P. & Anstey, K. J. (2013). Alcohol and smoking consumption behaviours in older Australian adults: prevalence, period and socio-demographic differentials in the DYNOPTA sample. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 48 (3), 493-502.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84878366688

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/1044

Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 493

End Page


  • 502

Volume


  • 48

Issue


  • 3