Meta-Analysis Systematic and Design errors: Alcohol Use and Disease Outcomes

  • Research program: Alcohol policy and strategies
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: September 2009
  • Expected end date: December 2014
  • Completion date: November 2015
  • Funded by: Challenge Grant, National Institutes of Health, USA
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This study aims to test hypotheses regarding possible systematic errors in epidemiological studies of alcohol as a risk factor for various chronic diseases. Meta-analyses will be used to determine whether different methods and designs in these studies can unduly bias results towards: (I) creating apparent protection from alcohol use against some diseases; (ii) masking potentially statistically significant associations; (iii) contributing to 'mixed' outcomes that defy a clear resolution; and (iv) influencing the size and significance for established alcohol disease associations.

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Professor Tanya Chikritzhs
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1609
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Chief Investigator

Alcohol policy and strategies


Roizen, R., Fillmore, K., Chikritzhs, T., N. and Stockwell, T., R. (2013). Light-to-moderate drinking and dementia risk: The former drinkers problem re-visited. Addiction Research & Theory, 21, (3), pp. 181-193. DOI: 10.3109/16066359.2012.706343 [RJ860] View web page