Economic stressors and alcohol-related outcomes: Exploring age cohort differences

Robyn Lewis Brown, Judith A. Richman, Kathleen M. Rospenda

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Objectives: This study examined processes linking age cohort, economic stressors, coping strategies and two drinking-related outcomes (i.e., past-month drinking and problematic drinking). Methods: Structural equation models were conducted utilizing data from a national survey. Results: Findings revealed the associations between economic stressors and both past-month drinking and problematic drinking were significantly greater for members of the millennial cohort compared to baby boomers. These effects are partly explained by the lesser tendency of members of the millennial cohort to use collective, politically-focused coping strategies. Discussion: These findings clarify the circumstances in which age matters most for the associations among economy-related stressors, coping strategies and drinking-related outcomes. They highlight how difficult economic circumstances influence the availability of coping strategies and, in turn, alcohol consumption - and differently for younger and older age cohorts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-196
Number of pages4
JournalAddictive Behaviors
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by grant #R01AA017202 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to the first author. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NIAAA. We thank the Survey Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago for collaboration in the collection of the focus group and survey data.

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© 2015.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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