This research project used evidence from all four of our cohort studies to investigate the short- and long-term health impacts of alcohol. The project was part of the Cross Cohort Research Programme.
Alcohol use across the life course: links with health and wellbeing
Mental health and wellbeing
1 April 2016 – December 2018
Alcohol is a key risk factor for chronic disease, injury and death, and is therefore of significant policy relevance. It raises key questions about causal processes, such as selection. Health guidance, policy, and early prevention require solid evidence about timing and mechanisms of dangers (or benefits) of drinking.
This project used data from the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS), 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70), Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) and Next Steps (previously known as the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England, LSYPE).
Two connected streams of research are extending our prior US National Institutes of Health-funded work on predictors and consequences of alcohol use in the British cohort studies and facilitating closer collaboration with CLS investigators. Using over five decades of NCDS, BCS70, Next Steps, and MCS data covering childhood through midlife, our US-based team is collaborating with the other project leads to assess short- and long-term impacts of alcohol use on health-risk behaviours, mental health, and physical health.
Jennifer Maggs is Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the Prevention Research Centre for the Promotion of Human Development, Pennsylvania State University, in the US.
Jennifer is working on the “prevalence predictors and consequences of alcohol use from childhood to midlife” project funded by the National Institute of Health, USA. She will be working with Prof. Lucinda Platt and the MCS team to include additional measures of alcohol attitudes and use in the MCS fifth survey, and will be participating in the Consultations on MCS6 on 7th October at the Institute.
More information about Jennifer can be obtained from the Penn State University website.
Following the lives of 17,000 people born in a single week in 1958 in Great Britain.
Following the lives of 17,000 people born in a single week in 1970 in Great Britain.
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Following 16,000 people who were in Year 9 in 2004 at secondary schools in England.