Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: Use of alcohol

StudyVanBeuningen & Moonen (2013a): study NL 2007
TitleGezondheid Belangrijker voor Geluk dan Leefstijl. (Health More Important for Happiness then Lifestyle.)
SourceBevolkingstrends, Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS), April 2013, the Hague, Netherlands
Public18+ aged, general public, Netherlands, 2007,2008,2009
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
Respondents N =27358

Author's labelHeavy drinker
Page in Source 2,4,8
Our classificationUse of alcohol
Selfreport of drinking: heavy drinker has had in the 
last half year at least 1 time per week 6 or more 
glasses of alcohol
0: no
1: yes

Observed Relation with Happiness
males   r = -.01
females r = -.02
18 to 25 years:    r =  0,02
25 to 45 years:    r = -0,04
45 to 65 years:    r = -0,02
65 years or older: r =  0,01
O-HP-u-sq-v-5-dOR=0,77 p < .01
sexe or = 1,12 p<.01
age 18-25 vs. 65 plus or = 0,70 p<.01

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HP-u-sq-v-5-dSelfreport on single question:

To what extent do you think of yourself as a happy person?
5 very happy
4 happy
3 neither happy nor unhappy
2 unhappy
1 very unhappy
- don't know

Appendix 2: Statistics used
OROR: Odds ratio in binary logistic regression.

Happiness is a binary or dichotomous variable with Happy =1 and Unhappy=0.

OR < 1 indicates that the odds of being happy-to-being unhappy
decreases by a factor OR when

1) the corresponding metric correlate increases by one unit
2) the corresponding category of a categorical correlate is compared to the reference category.

OR > 1 indicates an increase by a factor OR for both the above cases.
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.