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Vitenskapelig artikkel

Associations between emotional distress and heavy drinking among young people: A longitudinal study

  • Hilde Pape og
  • Thor-Arvid Norstrøm


Drug and Alcohol Review
ISSN 0959-5236
e-ISSN 1465-3362
NVI-nivå 1

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Vitenskapelig artikkel
Publiseringsår: 2016
Volum: 35
Hefte: 2
Sider: 170 - 176
Open Access


Scopus-ID: 2-s2.0-84931371642

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Associations between emotional distress and heavy drinking among young people: A longitudinal study


This study adds to the meagre body of longitudinal research on the link between emotional distress and alcohol use among young people. We address the following research questions: Are symptoms of anxiety and depressed mood likely to be causally related to heavy episodic drinking (HED)? Does the association change as individuals move from adolescence to early adulthood? Data stemmed from a national sample of young people in Norway that was assessed in 1992 (T1; mean age = 14.9 years), 1994 (T2), 1999 (T3) and 2005 (T4) (response rate: 60%, n = 2171). We applied fixed-effects modelling, implying that intra-individual changes in the frequency of HED were regressed on intra-individual changes in emotional distress. Hence, confounding due to stable underlying influences was eliminated. Self-perceived loneliness was included as a time-varying covariate. Emotional distress was unrelated to HED in adolescence (T1 to T2). In the transition from adolescence to early adulthood (T2 to T3), changes in depressiveness were positively and independently associated with changes in HED, whereas changes symptoms of anxiety were not. A similar pattern emerged in early adulthood (T3 to T4). The potential causal relationship between emotional distress and heavy drinking did not manifest itself in adolescence, but increased symptoms of depressiveness were related to more frequent HED in subsequent periods of life. Hence, this study provides conditional support to the notion that emotional distress and HED may be causally related and indicates that the association among young people may be specific to depressiveness.


Aktiv cristin-person

Hilde Elisabeth Pape

Bidragsyterens navn vises på dette resultatet som Hilde Pape
  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Avdeling for rusmidler og tobakk ved Folkehelseinstituttet

Thor Norström

Bidragsyterens navn vises på dette resultatet som Thor-Arvid Norstrøm
  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Stockholms universitet
  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Folkehelseinstituttet
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