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Alcohol Alcohol. 2013 May-Jun;48(3):343-8. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agt002. Epub 2013 Jan 29.

Alcohol use during the great recession of 2008-2009.

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Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Building 1, 11th Floor, Boston, MA 02115, USA. jbor@hsph.harvard.edu

Abstract

AIMS:

The aim of this study was to assess changes in alcohol use in the USA during the Great Recession.

METHODS:

Drinking participation, drinking frequency, drinking intensity, total alcohol consumption and frequency of binge drinking were assessed in a nationally representative sample of 2,050,431 US women and men aged 18 and older, interviewed between 2006 and 2010.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of any alcohol use significantly declined during the economic recession, from 52.0% in 2006-2007 to 51.6% in 2008-2009 (P < 0.05), corresponding to 880,000 fewer drinkers (95% confidence interval [CI] 140,000 to 1.6 million). There was an increase, however, in the prevalence of frequent binging, from 4.8% in 2006-2007 to 5.1% in 2008-2009 (P < 0.01), corresponding to 770,000 more frequent bingers (95% CI 390,000 to 1.1 million). Non-Black, unmarried men under 30 years, who recently became unemployed, were at highest risk for frequent binging.

CONCLUSION:

During the Great Recession there was an increase in abstention from alcohol and a rise in frequent binging.

PMID:
23360873
DOI:
10.1093/alcalc/agt002
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