Longitudinal associations of sociodemographic, lifestyle, and clinical factors with alcohol consumption in colorectal cancer survivors up to 2 years post-diagnosis

D. Revesz*, M.J.L. Bours, J.A. Wegdam, E.T.P. Keulen, S.O. Breukink, G.D. Slooter, F.J. Vogelaar, M.P. Weijenberg, F. Mols

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Purpose Alcohol consumption can lead to worse prognosis and mortality among colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. We investigated alcohol consumption of CRC survivors up to 2 years post-diagnosis, and how sociodemographic, lifestyle, and clinical factors were associated longitudinally with these habits. Methods We pooled longitudinal data of 910 CRC survivors from the ongoing PROCORE and EnCoRe studies with data collected at diagnosis (baseline) and 3, 6, 12, and 24 months post-diagnosis. Both studies assessed alcohol consumption, including beer, wine, and liquor. Generalized estimated equation models were used to examine changes over time in alcohol consumption and multivariable longitudinal associations of sociodemographic, lifestyle, and clinical factors with alcohol consumption. Results At baseline, participants were on average 67 years old, 332 (37%) were female, and alcohol was consumed by 79%. Most survivors (68-71%) drank less at all follow-ups. Beer, wine, and liquor were consumed by 51%, 58%, and 25% at baseline, respectively, and these declined over time. Males consumed more alcohol, and higher education, more physical activity, and not having a (permanent) stoma were associated with consuming more alcohol. Conclusion CRC survivors decreased their alcohol consumption in the 2 years post-diagnosis. Future studies should take the significant factors that were associated with alcohol post-diagnosis consumption into account, when they investigate CRC health outcomes or for identifying subgroups for interventions. Males with higher education, more physical activity, and no stoma should be reminded after diagnosis for reducing their alcohol consumption.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5935-5943
Number of pages9
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021


  • Alcohol drinking
  • Cancer survivors
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Longitudinal studies

Cite this