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Source: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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1. Mink, Michael
Wang, Jong-Yi
Bennett, Kevin J.
Moore, Charity G.
Powell, M. Paige
Probst, Janice C.
Early Alcohol Use, Rural Residence, and Adulthood Employment
Report 7, South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, University of South Carolina, October 2005.
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
Keyword(s): Adolescent Behavior; Alcohol Use; Employment, Youth; Risk-Taking; Rural Areas; Rural/Urban Differences

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Executive Summary
Study Purpose
Early onset of alcohol consumption may increase the risk of physical disease and psychological disorders. The relationship between alcohol consumption during youth/early adulthood and subsequent employment is not fully known. With fewer opportunities for corrective intervention, the consequences of abusive drinking during youth or young adulthood may be greater for rural residents. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether alcohol use in youth and early adulthood was more likely to result in adverse employment outcomes among youth living in rural areas than urban youth. The study draws information regarding youth alcohol use patterns and adult employment from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth – 1979, which has been following a panel of young persons recruited in 1979 for more than 20 years. Rural was defined as living outside any Metropolitan Statistical Area. In the analysis, residence was defined as the area where the person resided in 1982-1984, when the drinking behaviors occurred.

Urban and rural youth share pressures from multiple sources to engage in risky behaviors. Present findings, regarding behaviors from twenty years ago, parallel analysis of more recent data concerning teen exposure to violence and drug abuse, which was found to be as high or higher in rural areas when compared to urban and suburban settings (Mink, Moore, Johnson, Probst, 2005). Reducing youth drinking and thus its potential effects on long-term employment status requires multiple simultaneous approaches. Programs geared towards youth that address drinking or drug prevention, enforcement of appropriate behavior and, when necessary, recovery from alcohol or drug problems must be available to rural as well as urban youth.

Future Research
The apparent tendency for rural youth to exhibit higher alcohol dependence symptoms needs to be explored more fully. Factors such as environment, availability of alcohol, activity and leisure activities, income, and social influences may all affect rural youth differently than urban youth, leading to a higher rate of alcohol dependence.

Further analysis needs to be done on the link between early onset of drinking and quality of employment among rural residents. Other factors, such as educational opportunities, employment opportunities, and economic infrastructure need to be taken into account. Even though this analysis did not find a significant link between early onset of drinking and income, the stability of income may be important.

Bibliography Citation
Mink, Michael, Jong-Yi Wang, Kevin J. Bennett, Charity G. Moore, M. Paige Powell and Janice C. Probst. "Early Alcohol Use, Rural Residence, and Adulthood Employment." Report 7, South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, University of South Carolina, October 2005.