Age, Period, and Cohort Effects in Alcohol Use in the United States in the 20th and 21st Centuries
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This article provides both an overview of the conceptual basis of effects related to alcohol consumption, as well as a review of recent studies of age-period-cohort variation, especially regarding gender, social class, and specific beverage and drinking patterns. It is part of a Festschrift commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Established in 1970, first as part of the National Institute of Mental Health and later as an independent institute of the National Institutes of Health, NIAAA today is the world’s largest funding agency for alcohol research. In addition to its own intramural research program, NIAAA supports the entire spectrum of innovative basic, translational, and clinical research to advance the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol use disorder and alcohol-related problems. To celebrate the anniversary, NIAAA hosted a 2-day symposium, “Alcohol Across the Lifespan: 50 Years of Evidence-Based Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment Research,” devoted to key topics within the field of alcohol research. This article is based on a presentation by Katherine M. Keyes, Ph.D., at the event. NIAAA Director George F. Koob, Ph.D., serves as editor of the Festschrift.
This paper, “Age, Period, and Cohort Effects in Alcohol Use in the
United States in the 20th and 21st Centuries: Implications for the
Coming Decades,” was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse
and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and published in the journal Alcohol research: Current reviews.