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Table 1 Sociodemographic and health variables by drinking and smoking (n = 6576)

From: The relationship of tobacco and alcohol use with ageing self-perceptions in older people in Ireland

  Total population Drinking behaviour Smoking
Non drinker Moderate drinker Harmful drinker Never Former Current
N (%) 6576 1666 (25.3) 2948 (44.8) 1962 (29.8) 2914 (44.3) 2550 (38.8) 1112 (16.9)
Age, years mean (SD) 63.18 (8.98) 66.76 (9.2) 62.82 (8.6) 60.69 (8.2) 62.23 (9.0) 64.14 (9.0) 60.87 (8.4)
Gender % (n)*,^
 Male 45.7 (3006) 20.4 (612) 40.6 (1220) 39.1 (1174) 36.0 (1081) 47.0 (1414) 17.00 (511)
 Female 54.3 (3570) 29.5 (1054) 48.4 (1728) 22.1 (788) 51.4 (1833) 31.8 (1136) 16.8 (601)
Education % (n)*,^
 Primary 26.9 (1768) 37.1 (656) 37.0 (655) 25.8 (457) 37.1 (656) 41.0 (724) 22.0 (388)
 Secondary 57.6 (3791) 22.3 (847) 46.1 (1749) 31.5 (1195) 46.0 (1744) 37.1 (1408) 16.9 (639)
 Tertiary 15.5 (1017) 16.0 (163) 53.5 (544) 30.5 (310) 50.5 (514) 41.1 (418) 8.4 (85)
Marital Status % (n)*,^
 Married 71.58 (4707) 22.8 (1073) 46.2 (2175) 31.0 (1459) 45.7 (2149) 39.1 (1838) 15.3 (720)
 Never married 9.06 (596) 29.4 (175) 41.8 (249) 28.9 (172) 40.6 (242) 39.6 (236) 19.8 (118)
 Separated/divorced 6.34 (417) 21.3 (89) 39.8 (166) 38.9 (162) 34.5 (144) 34.3 (143) 31.2 (130)
 Widowed 13.0 (856) 38.4 (329) 41.8 (358) 19.7 (169) 44.3 (379) 38.9 (333) 16.8 (144)
Socio-economic % (n)*,^
 Social class 1-2 23.9 (1574) 16.4 (258) 52.1 (820) 31.5 (496) 45.6 (718) 43.2 (680) 11.2 (176)
 Social class 3-4 21.20 (1394) 25.8 (359) 44.1 (615) 30.1 (420) 43.8 (610) 41.0 (571) 15.3 (213)
 Social class 5-6 12.0 (787) 28.7 (226) 37.9 (298) 33.4 (263) 34.7 (273) 42.1 (331) 23.2 (183)
 Farmers 6.0 (398) 35.9 (143) 42.5 (169) 21.6 (86) 53.0 (211) 35.9 (143) 11.1 (44)
 Unclassified 36.85 (2423) 28.1 (680) 43.2 (1046 28.8 (697) 45.5 (1102) 34.0 (825) 20.5 (496)
Self-Rated Health % (n)*,^
 Excellent/Very good 46.1 (3029) 21.4 (649) 47.7 (1446) 30.8 (934) 49.8 (1509) 36.6 (1108) 13.6 (412)
 Good/Fair 49.5 (3252) 27.8 (904) 43.1 (1403) 29.1 (945) 40.5 (1316) 40.6 (1319) 19.0 (617)
 Poor 4.5 (295) 38.3 (113) 33.6 (99) 28.1 (83) 30.12 (89) 41.7 (123) 28.1 (83)
Depression % (n)^
 None/mild 73.8 (4778) 24.6 (1177) 45.7 (2182) 29.7 (1419) 46.0 (2200) 39.4 (1883) 14.6 (695)
 Moderate 17.4 (1128) 26.1 (294) 43.7 (493) 30.2 (341) 41.9 (473) 38.2 (431) 19.9 (224)
 Severe 8.8 (572) 28.3 (162) 41.1 (235) 30.6 (175) 36.0 (206) 35.5 (203) 28.5 (163)
  1. *P <0.05 chi square test across drinking categories, ^P <0.05 chi square test across smoking categories