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Table 1 Description of study populations

From: Life course trajectories of alcohol consumption in the United Kingdom using longitudinal data from nine cohort studies

Study T-07 1970s 1970 BCS70 1958 NCDS 1946 NSHD T-07 1950s Whitehall II CaPS ELSA T-07 1930s Total
Represented population Clydeside Glasgow, Scotland UK UK UK Clydeside, Glasgow, Scotland Civil servants in London South Wales England Clydeside, Glasgow, Scotland ––
Total sample a 1,551 12,594 14,651 3,552 1,432 10,284 2,906 10,924 1,485 59,379
Max sample male 702 6,110 7,411 1,786 645 6,882 2,906 4,968 698 32,108
No of alcohol observations (male) 2,245 11,226 21,297 5,049 2,424 31,342 9,746 11,657 2,327 97,313
Max sample female 849 6,484 7,240 1,766 787 3,402 –– 5,959 787 27,274
No of alcohol observations (female) 2,774 13,387 21,909 5,055 2,952 13,765 –– 14,559 2,952 77,353
No of alcohol measures 5 vol 3 vol 4 vol 4 vol 5 vol 6 vol 5 vol 3 vol 5 vol ––
3 freq 3 freq 4 freq    6 freq 5 freq 5 freq   
Year(s) of birth 1972–3 1970 1958 1946 1952–3 1930–1953 1918–1939 1908–1952 1932–3 ––
Age range 15–37 16–38 23–59 36–64 34–60 35–83 45–83 50–90+ 55–77 15–90+
Years of data collection 1987 1986 1981 1982 1987 1985–88 1979–83 1998–01 1987 1979
1990–92 1996 1991 1989 1990–92 1991–93 1984–88 2002 1990/92 2010
1995–97 2004 2004 1999 1995–97 1997–99 1989–93 2004 1995/97  
2000–04   2008 2009 2000–04 2003–04 1993–97 2006 2000/04  
2007–08     2007–08 2007–09 2002–04 2008 2007/08  
      2012–13   2010   
  1. aNumber of people with at least one measure of alcohol consumption.
  2. Vol, volume; Freq, frequency; BCS70, British Birth Cohort; CaPS, Caerphilly Prospective Study; ELSA, English Longitudinal Study of Ageing; NCDS, National Child Development Survey; NSHD, National Survey of Health and Development; T-07, Twenty-07 study.