Moderate alcohol consumption contributes to women's well-being through the menopausal transition

R. Alati, N. Dunn, D. M. Purdie, A. M. Roche, L. Dennerstein, S. J. Darlington, J. R. Guthrie, A. C. Green

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    Objectives: To examine the association of alcohol consumption with well-being in mid-aged Australian women, taking into account other lifestyle factors. Methods: A prospective, observational study was carried out among 438 urban Australian women aged 45-55 years at baseline. They were assessed annually for 8 years using a questionnaire on health and lifestyle, including self-ratings of well-being and daily 'hassles'. Statistical analyses were performed using cluster and repeated measures analyses. Results: About 80% of the women had consumed alcohol in the week preceding the interview. Alcohol intake was weakly associated with well-being overall (p = 0.094). Women who consumed alcohol at moderate levels had higher well-being scores than non-drinkers or heavy drinkers, however, provided they were also non-smokers and exercised weekly or more (p for interaction = 0.023) (21% of all study participants). Everyday symptoms and stresses had a negative impact on well-being (all p values <0.001). Conclusions: Among women undergoing menopausal transition, well-being is positively associated with moderate alcohol consumption along with other lifestyle factors in a synergistic fashion, rather than any individual factor having a dominant or an independent effect. © 2007 International Menopause Society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)491-499
    Number of pages8
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007


    • Alcohol
    • Exercise
    • Lifestyle
    • Menopause
    • Self-rated Health
    • Well-being


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