Research Theme: Alcohol Consumption and Smoking


Name:  Hannah McKenna

Institution:  Queen’s University Belfast


Completion:  September 2018

Funder: Department of Employment and Learning


Project: The research will focus upon the prevalence and nature of alcohol misuse among those aged 50 and older residing in Northern Ireland using the Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study on Ageing Wave 1 (NICOLA). I plan to conduct analyses of respondents who consume alcohol, and hope to use the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) data to provide a longitudinal perspective and to conduct international comparisons between NICOLA and neighbouring nation the Republic of Ireland. Subsequent analyses will focus upon the relationship between alcohol consumption for NICOLA/TILDA respondents and the variables: caregiving status, mental health such as depression/anxiety, loneliness and physical health conditions.



Name:  Giles Greene

Institution:  Cardiff University


Completion:  December 2017


Project: Changes in alcohol consumption has a range of psychological and physiological effects on the human aging. With increased income and availability of alcohol, consumption around the globe is increasing. One area of potential increased exposure has been noted in older adults at the point of retirement through either increased leisure time or as a means of managing the transition out of work. The project will use data from a number of cohorts including TILDA, providing an opportunity to assess the changes in exposure to alcohol related diseases across different cultures as well as potential interactions with mental and physical health. 



Name: Annette Burns
Institution: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Completion: September 2017

Project: I intend to use the dataset to explore rates of smoking- related abnormalities in those with mental health difficulties.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Mental Health.



Name: Keisha Taylor
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Completion: August 2014

Project: The current study will use TILDA data to examine the relationship between smoking and socioeconomic status among older women in Ireland. Particular attention will be paid to life course factors, specifically gendered and domestic aspects of social class. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Poverty, Socioeconomic Status and Inequality.



Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion:December 2018

Project: This PhD will use TILDA data to discover and analyse associations between alcohol misuse, and the variables of depression, and generalised anxiety disorder, in an Irish population aged over 65. Research question: what is the relationship between older adult mental health status (depression, and generalised anxiety disorder) and levels of alcohol use?

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Mental Health.



Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: December 2018

Project: The proposed doctorate aims to discover and analyse the relationships between the behaviours of alcohol consumption and smoking and the psychosocial variables of depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, insomnia, social connectedness and cognitive functioning in an older population (aged 65 and above). 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Mental Health and Cognitive Functioning