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Table 4 Reasons for stopping drinking by socio-demographic characteristics and health factors among previous weekly drinkers at resurvey (2013–2014)

From: Patterns and trends of alcohol consumption in rural and urban areas of China: findings from the China Kadoorie Biobank

Characteristics* N Reasons
Existing illness (%) Money (%) Future health^ (%) Other# (%)
Overall 1166 51.9 23.6 5.8 18.7
Socio-demographic characteristics
Gender
 Men 970 53.1 24.3 6.3 16.3
 Women 196 45.9 19.9 3.6 30.6
Birth cohorts
 < 1940 174 56.9 17.8 5.7 19.5
 1940–1949 408 57.4 21.1 5.4 16.2
 1950–1959 381 47.2 27.3 7.1 18.4
 ≥ 1960 203 45.3 26.6 4.4 23.6
Area
 Rural 687 60.3 21.5 6.3 11.9
 Urban 479 39.9 26.5 5.2 28.4
Highest education
 Primary or below 589 60.1 20.4 7.0 12.6
 Middle or above 577 43.5 26.9 4.7 25.0
Household income (yuan/year)
 < 35,000 487 58.5 23.2 5.3 12.9
 35,000+ 679 47.1 23.9 6.2 22.8
Health factors
Self-reported health statusa
 Good 408 42.9 26.0 7.1 24.0
 Poor 758 56.7 22.3 5.1 15.8
Prior diseaseb
 No 618 44.8 27.0 6.5 21.7
 Yes 548 59.9 19.7 5.1 15.3
  1. *Except for age and regions, characteristics were based on the characteristics of the participants collected at the resurvey
  2. ^Included health concerns about future illness and doctor’s advice
  3. #Included family disapproval and other reasons apart from health and financial concern
  4. aPoor self-reported health status include those who reported fair or poor self-rated health; Good self-reported health status include those who reported good or excellent self-rated health
  5. bDiagnosed with one or more of: coronary heart disease, stroke, transient ischaemic attack, diabetes, cancer, tuberculosis, chronic hepatitis/cirrhosis, rheumatoid arthritis, peptic ulcer, chronic respiratory disease, gallstone/gallbladder disease, kidney disease