Journal article

Women's role in the rise in drinking in Australia 1950-80: an age-period-cohort analysis of data from the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study

Oliver Stanesby, Harindra Jayasekara, Sarah Callinan, Robin Room, Dallas English, Graham G Giles, Robert J MacInnis, Roger L Milne, Michael Livingston

ADDICTION | WILEY | Published : 2018


BACKGROUND AND AIMS: In Australia, as in many countries, alcohol consumption increased dramatically during the second half of the 20th century, with increased availability of alcohol, relaxation of attitudes towards drinking and shifting roles and opportunities for women as facilitating factors. We sought to investigate drinking trends by gender and birth cohort in Australia during this period. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING, PARTICIPANTS AND MEASUREMENTS: Using the usual frequency and quantity of beverage-specific alcohol intake for 10-year periods from age 20, reported retrospectively from 40 789 participants aged 40-69 years (born 1920-49) at recruitment to the Melbourne Coll..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the original investigators and the diligent team, who recruited the participants and who continue working on follow-up, for their contribution. We also express our gratitude to the many thousands of Melbourne residents who continue to participate in the study. MCCS cohort recruitment was funded by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and Cancer Council Victoria. The MCCS was further supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants 209057 and 396414 and infrastructure was provided by Cancer Council Victoria. Staff time for O.S., S.C., R.R. and M.L. on this project was funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), an independent, charitable organization working to prevent the harmful use of alcohol in Australia ( supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1123840). The funding sources played no role in the study design, in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, in the writing of the article and in the decision to submit the article for publication.