Are stress related factors associated with alcohol intake?

  • A. Jeanne M. van Loon
  • Marja Tijhuis
  • A. Jantine Schuit
  • Hans A. M. van Oers
  • Paul G. Surtees
  • Johan Ormel
Article

Abstract

Moderate alcohol consumption is related to reduced risks of coronary heart disease and all-cause mortality. Our goal is to advance our understanding of the associations between stress-related factors and alcohol consumption, using cutoff points for alcohol intake that reflect health benefits rather than health risks. Cross-sectional data were used from 4,131 respondents (age 20-65 years) participating in a cohort study in the Netherlands on psychosocial factors and cancer risk. Analyses were performed among drinkers only, for men and women separately. Heavy alcohol intake (≥ 3 glasses per day for men, ≥ 2 glasses per day for women) was associated with only a few stress-related factors in multivariate analyses. No significant associations between the total amount of stressors and alcohol intake were found. We conclude that stress-related factors are only marginally associated with a heavy alcohol intake compared with fair drinking, using the safe limits of drinking as cutoff point.

Key words

alcohol moderate stress-related general population 

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© International Society of Behavioral Medicine 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Jeanne M. van Loon
    • 1
    • 4
  • Marja Tijhuis
    • 1
  • A. Jantine Schuit
    • 1
  • Hans A. M. van Oers
    • 1
  • Paul G. Surtees
    • 2
  • Johan Ormel
    • 3
  1. 1.National Institute of Public Health and the EnvironmentBilthovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Strangeways Research Laboratory Worts CausewayCambridgeGreat Britain
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of GroningenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.National Institute of Public Health and the Environment Centre for Prevention and Health Services ResearchThe Netherlands

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