Correlational finding on Happiness and Use of alcohol
Subject code: S13ab01

StudyBachman et al. (1978): study US 1966
TitleYouth in Transition, Vol. VI. Adolescence to Adulthood. Change and Stability in the Lives of Young Men.
SourceInstitute for Social Research, 1978, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
PublicPublic highschool boys followed 8 years from grade 10, USA, 1966-74
Non-Response2.8% at T1, 17.2% at T2, 21.0% at T3, 28.9% at T4, 28.5% at T5
Respondents N =1628

Author's labelAlcohol use
Our classificationUse of alcohol, code S13ab01
Simple direct question at T3, T4 and T5 asking 
respondent how often he has used alcoholic beverages 
(for other than medical purposes) during part or all of 
the last year. 1 = never; 2 = once or twice a year; 3 = 
3 - 10 times a year; 4 = once or twice a month; 5 = 
once or twice a week; 6 = nearly every day

Observed Relation with Happiness
O-HP-g-mq-v-5-atau= ns
                   Alcohol use
                    T3        T4        T5
T1          tau = -.05      -.04      -.04
T2          tau = -.00      -.02      -.03
T3          tau = -.02      -.04      -.02
T4          tau = +.01      -.06      -.05
All tau's not significant
T1:1966, T2:1968, T3:1969, T4:1970, T5:1974

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HP-g-mq-v-5-aSelfreport on 6 questions:

" Describe the kind of person you are. Please read each sentence, then mark how often it is true for you"
1 I feel like smiling
2 I generally feel in good spirits
3 I feel happy
4 I am very satisfied with life
5 I find a good deal of happiness in life
6 I feel sad

Response options:
5 almost always true
4 often true
3 sometimes true
2 seldom true
1 never true

Summation: average
Possible range: 1 to 5

Appendix 2: Statistics used
tauGOODMAN & Kruskal's TAU
Type: descriptive statistic only.
Measurement level: Correlate: nominal, Happiness: ordinal
Range: [0; +1]

tau = 0 knowledge of the correlate value does not improve the prediction quality of the happiness rating.
tau = 1 knowledge of the correlate value enables a perfect (error-free) prediction of the happiness rating.
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.