Regular alcohol consumption is associated with increasing quality of life and mood in older men and women: The Rancho Bernardo Study

  • Chan A
  • von Mühlen D
  • Kritz-Silverstein D
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Abstract

Objective: This study examines the sex-specific association between alcohol intake and health-related quality of life in middle class community-dwelling older adults. Methods: Information on alcohol intake and measures of quality of life were obtained from 1594 participants (n = 633 men, n = 961 women) aged 50-97 years during a research clinic visit in 1992-1996, and from their responses to a phone interview and mailed questionnaires. Quality of life measures included the Medical Outcome Study Short Form 36 (SF-36), Quality of Well-Being (QWB) Scale, Life Satisfaction Index-Z (LSI-Z), and Satisfaction with Life Survey (SWLS). Depressed mood was assessed using the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). Men and women were stratified into four groups of reported alcohol intake: non-drinker, occasional drinker (alcohol

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  • Alcohol use
  • Older adults
  • Quality of life

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Authors

  • Amanda Michele Chan

  • Denise von Mühlen

  • Donna Kritz-Silverstein

  • Elizabeth Barrett-Connor

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