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Table 2 The proportion of alcohol consumers aged 77+ years and the frequency of alcohol consumption among consumers by sex, interview characteristics, health, period, birth cohort and age

From: Bias in estimates of alcohol use among older people: selection effects due to design, health, and cohort replacement

  % Consumers % among consumers (n = 1163)
   Seldom Monthly Weekly
Sex    
 Women 58.1 46.9 28.7 24.4
 Men 73.1 26.9 29.7 43.4
Interview succession %a    
 <25 67.9 34.3 28.7 37.0
 25 - <50 64.0 36.9 31.2 31.8
 50–75 62.1 38.4 31.1 30.5
 >75 60.0 46.5 22.6 30.9
Proxy interview     
 Yes 47.0 58.2 22.0 19.8
 No 67.5 35.0 30.2 34.8
Telephone interview     
 Yes 52.4 51.2 23.4 25.4
 No 66.7 35.5 30.2 34.3
Living in an institution (women)    
 Yes 45.2 72.9 18.5 8.6
 Now 60.1 43.9 29.9 26.3
Living in an institution (men)    
 Yes 40.1 42.5 28.2 29.3
 No 77.0 25.9 29.8 44.3
ADL limitation     
 Yes 46.9 52.3 26.6 21.1
 No 70.4 34.4 29.8 35.9
Mobility problem     
 Yes 54.9 45.5 26.1 28.4
 No 74.2 31.6 31.7 36.7
Period    
 1992 58.8 42.6 31.6 25.8
 2002 63.6 39.7 31.4 28.9
 2011 69.2 32.6 25.1 42.3
Birth cohortsb    
 1894–1914 58.45 39.66 35.02 25.32
 1915–1924 62.39 43.64 24.87 31.49
 1925–1934 73.23 29.78 27.78 42.44
Age groupsb    
 77–79 71.9 34.5 31.3 34.2
 80–84 66.1 35.8 30.2 34.1
 85+ 54.8 44.8 25.3 29.9
Total 64.0 37.9 29.1 32.9
Weighted n 1819 441 339 383
  1. aFor the descriptive statistics, interview succession has been categorized as <25, 25 to <50, 50 to 75, >75. It was otherwise a continuous variable
  2. bBirth cohort and age are given linear representation in the multivariate analyses, but are presented here categorical for descriptive reasons (three classes)