Title: Health-related quality of life in consequences from frequency-quantity measures of alcohol consumption patterns

Authors: Chong-Hwan Son

Addresses: Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, 12180, New York, USA

Abstract: This study examines the effect of frequency and quantity measures of alcohol consumption patterns on health-related quality of life (HRQOL). The data, a cross-sectional state-level survey, is obtained from the behavioural risk factor surveillance system (BRFSS) collected by the centres for disease control and prevention (CDC) from 2004 to 2014. The cross-sectional time series multiple regression analyses are conducted for the analyses. The empirical results indicate respondents who are current drinkers regardless of their alcohol consumption patterns are less likely to have physically unhealthy days than respondents who are non-drinkers. The results also suggest HFLQ drinkers are the biggest beneficiary from their alcohol use for physical health. Contrarily, this study observes that alcohol consumption has a negative association with mental health outcomes except LFLQ drinkers. Low-quantity alcohol drinkers have no significant differences in mentally unhealthy days from non-drinkers regardless of alcohol consumption frequency.

Keywords: health-related quality of life; HRQOL; physical health; mental health; behavioural risk factor surveillance system; BRFSS, alcohol consumption patterns.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHD.2018.093729

International Journal of Happiness and Development, 2018 Vol.4 No.3, pp.236 - 260

Received: 10 Jun 2017
Accepted: 18 Aug 2017

Published online: 20 Jul 2018 *

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