Baby boomers and booze: we should be worried about how older Australians are drinking

Ann M Roche and Victoria Kostadinov
Med J Aust 2019; 211 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50351
Published online: 21 October 2019

In reply: We acknowledge the importance of statistical precision and appropriateness, especially when dealing with large samples, as highlighted by Roselli in his comment on our report on alcohol use by older people.1 In our study, we used weighted Ns to correct for under‐represented groups in the sample. The use of relative weighting procedures for this purpose is well established. However, we appreciate that use of absolute weightings can result in an artificially large sample size.

  • Ann M Roche
  • Victoria Kostadinov

  • National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA


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