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2011 Seminar Series
Title: ‘Understanding the behaviours, lifestyles and health of young non-drinkers’
Speaker: Ms Linda Ng Fat
Date & Time: Friday 9th December 1pm-2pm
Venue: G37 & G38
Several longitudinal observational studies using middle-age cohorts document a J or U-shaped relationship between alcohol consumption and mortality where incidence of coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease and all cause mortality is higher among non-drinkers and heavy drinkers than moderate drinkers. Whether the better health of later life moderate alcohol consumers compared with non-drinkers found in observational studies can really be completely attributed to alcohol consumption will be examined. Using the Health Survey for England and the National Child Development Study 1958 this PhD will investigate the early life circumstances of non-drinkers to establish whether there may be unaccounted for confounding. In addition in-depth interviews will be undertaken among young non-drinkers to provide a broader and more detailed picture of abstinence during early adulthood and how this may impact on their lives especially where it may be the social norm to drink.
Linda obtained a first class honours degree in Philosophy and Economics from UCL and has a MSc in Social Research Methods (Population) from the LSE. She joined the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London in 2010 to undertake her PhD under the Supervision of Dr Nicola Shelton, Dr James Kneale, Dr Laia Becares, and Professor Sir Michael Marmot. She is jointly funded by Alcohol Research UK and UCL Impact.
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