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From the April 2014 magazine.

Alcoholism at Large

Drinking and hard times
A recent study has examined the relationship between increased alcohol consumption and different types of economic loss experienced during the recession (job loss, reduced work hours/pay, difficulty paying for housing, housing loss, and loss of retirement savings), finding that men and middle-aged Americans are at higher risk for multiple, adverse alcohol outcomes during hard times.

“People suffering the most severe forms of economic loss are likely to turn to alcohol for a stress-reliever. Unfortunately, some of the most severe manifestations of stress involve alcohol-related harms that could involve others—like drinking and driving and family violence,” said Laura A. Schmidt, a professor of health policy at UCSF School of Medicine.

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