Moderate Alcohol Consumption Contributes To Women's Well-Being Through the Menopausal Transition

Alati, R., Dunn, N., Purdie, D. M., Roche, A. M., Dennerstein, L., Darlington, S. J., Guthrie, J. R. and Green, A. C. (2007) Moderate Alcohol Consumption Contributes To Women's Well-Being Through the Menopausal Transition. Climacteric, 10 6: 491-499. doi:10.1080/13697130701739118


Author Alati, R.
Dunn, N.
Purdie, D. M.
Roche, A. M.
Dennerstein, L.
Darlington, S. J.
Guthrie, J. R.
Green, A. C.
Title Moderate Alcohol Consumption Contributes To Women's Well-Being Through the Menopausal Transition
Journal name Climacteric   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1369-7137
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13697130701739118
Volume 10
Issue 6
Start page 491
End page 499
Total pages 9
Editor A. H. MacLennan
D. W. Sturdee
Place of publication England
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
321202 Epidemiology
730211 Mental health
Formatted abstract
Objectives To examine the association of alcohol consumption with well-being in mid-aged Australian women, taking into account other lifestyle factors.
Methods A prospective, observational study was carried out among 438 urban Australian women aged 45-55 years at baseline. They were assessed annually for 8 years using a questionnaire on health and lifestyle, including self-ratings of well-being and daily 'hassles'. Statistical analyses were performed using cluster and repeated measures analyses.
Results
About 80% of the women had consumed alcohol in the week preceding the interview. Alcohol intake was weakly associated with well-being overall (p = 0.094). Women who consumed alcohol at moderate levels had higher well-being scores than non-drinkers or heavy drinkers, however, provided they were also non-smokers and exercised weekly or more (p for interaction = 0.023) (21% of all study participants). Everyday symptoms and stresses had a negative impact on well-being (all p values < 0.001).
Conclusions
Among women undergoing menopausal transition, well-being is positively associated with moderate alcohol consumption along with other lifestyle factors in a synergistic fashion, rather than any individual factor having a dominant or an independent effect.
Keyword Well-being
Alcohol
Exercise
Lifestyle
Self-rated Health
Menopause
Q-Index Code C1
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