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Behavioural Economic Trajectories of Alcohol misuse in Hamilton Study

  • About BETA-H
  • Participants
  • Project Team
  • Updates

BETA-H Study

Is a longitudinal study utilizing behavioural economic (BE) measures to predict changes in alcohol misuse from age 20 to 25 years old and to understand the other contributing risk factors and their relationship to the measures used.

Alcohol misuse remains a major public concern in emerging adults (age 18-25 years old) in Canada. Although many emerging adults 'mature out' of alcohol misuse over time, many others exhibit persistently high levels of problem drinking and the process of maturing out is not well understood.


The study enrolled 730 young adults from Greater Hamilton area. The participants will be followed for 3.5 years.

Note: Enrollment is now closed



Project Team

Phone number: 905-522-1155 ext 39009 or 39712 (St. Joseph HH, West 5th) OR 905-525-9140 ext 24586 (McMaster site)

Principal Investigator: Dr. James MacKillop

Project Coordinator: Jane de Jesus

Research Assistants: Jessica Gillard, Liah Rahman, Riana Lachhman and Kyra Farrelly


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