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'1pm' Seminar Series

Title: ‘The role of alcohol consumption on physical functioning in middle-aged and older adults in Central and Eastern Europe: the HAPIEE study’

Speaker: Ms Yaoyue Hu

Date & Time: Friday 1st March 1pm-2pm

Venue: G37 & G38

Abstract:
Countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are undergoing rapid ageing. Older adults’ physical functioning in CEE appears to be poorer than in other European countries, in addition to the shorter life expectancy and higher mortality due to the epidemic of cardiovascular disease (CVD). CEE has high alcohol consumption and prevalent heavy episodic drinking. The harms of alcohol consumption for older adults can be worsened by ageing-related physiological changes and adverse interactions between medications and alcohol. Studies in other regions of the world have demonstrated an L-shaped or J-/U-shaped relationship between alcohol consumption and physical functioning in older adults, whilst lack of studies was found in CEE. Given this, it is important to examine the physical functioning status and the role of alcohol consumption on physical functioning in middle-aged and older adults in CEE.

The aim of this PhD is to examine the role of alcohol consumption on physical functioning in middle-aged and older adults in four countries in CEE, the Czech Republic, Russia, Poland and Lithuania, using data from the HAPIEE study.

Yaoyue obtained her bachelor degree in Preventive Medicine in Sichuan University, China, in 2010. In 2011­-2012, she did her MSc in Social Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL. In September 2012, she started her PhD research under the supervision of Professor Martin Bobak and Dr Hynek Pikhart.

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