Socioeconomic Status and Substance Use Among Young Adults: A Comparison Across Constructs and Drugs

A recent study, published in The Journal of Alcohol and Drugs and conducted by Megan E. Patrick, Patrick Wightman, Robert F. Schoeni, and John E. Schulenberg, delves into the effects of socioeconomic status on substance abuse. The study monitored the interplay between income, wealth, and parental education of young adults and their use of marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco during young adulthood. While trends varied slightly, smoking was associated with young adults whose parents had lower overall socioeconomic status, whereas alcohol and marijuana use were associated with young adults whose parents had higher overall economic status.

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