This cross-sectional analysis examined associations between alcohol intake and subjective health in a random sample (n=6,040) drawn from the general population aged 25-64 years in Finland in 1992.
Self-reported health was good for 3,375 persons and average or poor (suboptimal) for 2,665 persons.
Crude odds ratios suggested a U-shaped pattern between alcohol intake and suboptimal health.
The pattern took more of a J-shape after data were controlled for sex, age, education, marital status, lack of close friends, being on a disability pension, smoking, being an ex-drinker, and having decreased one's alcohol intake during the past 12 months because of health problems.
An interaction was found between alcohol and smoking.
The pattern of alcohol odds ratios showed a J-shaped association among never smokers, and a similar pattern was suggested among ex-smokers and current smokers.
Among never smokers, the lowest risk was found at the alcohol consumption level of 100-199 g/week (odds ratio (OR)=0.58,95% confidence interval (CI) 0.38-0.89).
The highest risk was found among persons who regularly smoked =20 cigarettes per day and drank =300 g/week (OR=4.44,95% CI 2.36-8.36).
The risk for ex-drinkers did not differ from that for lifelong abstainers (OR=0.89,95% CI 0.62-1.28), but persons who had decreased their alcohol intake during the past 12 months because of health problems had a higher risk (OR=1.21,95% CI 1.05-1.39). (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Consommation, Ethanol, Epidémiologie, Santé, Autoévaluation, Homme, Objectivité subjectivité, Finlande, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Consumption, Ethanol, Epidemiology, Health, Self evaluation, Human, Objectivity subjectivity, Finland, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0398482
Code Inist : 002B03F. Création : 10/04/1997.