Twin 89
Study Code:TE
Sample:8538 individuals
Start Date:Feb.1996
Contact:Anjali Henders
More Info:QIMR only

Project Title

Persistence and change in drinking habits: a twin-family study.


Professor Nick Martin (QIMR), Professor Andrew Heath (Department of Psychiatry, Washington University, St Louis, USA), Dr. J.B. Whitfield (Biochemistry, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney).

Project Aims

To examine the role of genetic and social factors, and their covariation and interaction, in the development and natural history of patterns of alcohol use, and of alcohol abuse and dependence and comorbid psychopathology, with a particular focus on alcohol problems and alcohol use in women.

Phenotypic data for the above analyses is collected by a semi-structured interview, administered by telephone (see Procedures).


Male and female twin pairs from a cohort born 1964-1971, where at least one twin completed a mailed questionnaire on drinking habits and drinking problems in 1989.