Hanna McKenna

Keywords: alcohol, harmful and hazardous drinking, older adults, ≥ 50yrs, epidemiology, intervention development and testing

Hannah is a PhD student within the Centre for Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast. Having graduated from Queen’s University in 2015 with a BSc Hons degree in Biomedical Science, Hannah has progressed directly into further postgraduate study. Due to number of changes within the organisation involved with delivery of the original project intervention, Hannah’s PhD is now focused primarily upon a series of secondary analyses of alcohol consumption. Secondary analyses will be conducted principally using the Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Aging (NICOLA) and will examine relationships between harmful/hazardous drinking amongst adults aged 50 and older with variables such as loneliness, social capital, personality, mental health and perceived well-being. Other existing data-sets may be linked to NICOLA to assess the causal direction of such relationships, and it is anticipated that results of the comparative data analyses alongside evidence and theory review may be utilised in designing and qualitatively testing of a public health intervention specifically tailored for older adults who are at risk of harmful or hazardous drinking. The findings of this PhD will act to inform public health and healthcare practitioners of the nature and prevalence of harmful and hazardous drinking within the NI adult population aged 50 and older.