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Handedness and drinking behaviour.
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PMID:  21489064     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Objectives.  A number of papers have investigated whether there is an association between handedness and alcohol consumption hypothesizing that alcoholism may be a consequence of atypical cerebral lateralization or a response to the stress involved in being a minority in a right-handed world. Research to date has mostly used small clinical samples, some without a comparison group. This paper exams this issue using a large population-based random sample. Design.  A large multi-country data set of nationally representative samples of the non-institutional population aged 50 years and older from 12 European countries was used (N= 27,428). Methods.  Logistic regression was used to model the frequency with which individuals self-report the frequency of alcohol consumption. A series of models with differing numbers of potential confounders are estimated. The predictors of frequent and infrequent drinking are investigated separately. Results.  After controlling for a number of confounders it is shown that left-handers do drink more often. However, this is due to them being less likely to drink rarely (less than once a month) or not at all. Conclusions.  The evidence suggests that while there is an association between left-handedness and frequency of alcohol consumption there is no reason to believe that it is associated with excessive alcohol consumption or risky drinking.
Kevin Denny
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-03-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of health psychology     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1359-107X     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Health Psychol     Publication Date:  2011 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9605409     Medline TA:  Br J Health Psychol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  386-95     Citation Subset:  IM    
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©2010 The British Psychological Society.
School of Economics and Geary Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland Institute for Fiscal Studies, London, UK.
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