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Karl-Fredrik Eriksson

Associate professor

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Alcohol consumption and disability pension among middle-aged men

Author

  • Nils-Ove Månsson
  • Lennart Råstam
  • Karl-Fredrik Eriksson
  • Bo Israelsson

Summary, in English

PURPOSE: To analyze the relation between alcohol consumption and the risk of disability pension among middle-aged men. METHODS: In the mid-seventies, complete birth-year cohorts of middle-aged male residents in Malmo, Sweden, were invited to participate in a general health survey. The 3751 men with complete data who constituted the cohort in this study were followed for 11 years. Alcohol consumption was estimated from the scores obtained from a test designed to identify subjects with alcohol related problems. RESULTS: Of the 498 men granted disability pension during follow-up, 48 stated to be teetotalers. The cumulative incidence of disability pension among teetotalers was 19%, whereas, it was 12% and 16%, respectively, among men with low and high alcohol consumption. The adjusted relative risk (RR) for acquiring a disability pension (using the group with low alcohol consumption as reference) was 1.8 among abstainers and 1.3 among men with high alcohol consumption. CONCLUSIONS: Alcohol overconsumption, as well as teetotalism, showed a positive relation to disability pension, and a moderate alcohol intake was found to be beneficial with respect to the risk of future disability pension.

Department/s

  • Family Medicine and Community Medicine
  • Community Medicine
  • Vascular Diseases - Clinical Research
  • Department of Clinical Sciences, Malmö

Publishing year

1999

Language

English

Pages

341-348

Publication/Series

Annals of Epidemiology

Volume

9

Issue

6

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Elsevier

Topic

  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Disability Pension
  • Early Retirement
  • Screening
  • Teetotalism

Status

Published

Research group

  • Family Medicine and Community Medicine
  • Community Medicine
  • Vascular Diseases - Clinical Research

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1047-2797