Early Alcohol Use, Rural Residence, and Adulthood Employment


Findings indicate that drinking during youth and early adulthood was common in the early 1980's. Nearly half (47.6%) of respondents reported drinking before age 18, and 55.3% reported binge drinking. Drinking behaviors did not differ significantly between rural and urban residents, and rural youth surveyed in 1979-1983 were as likely as their urban counterparts to start drinking before the age of 18, binge drink before 18, and report that work or school was impacted by drinking.

Rural and Minority Health Research Center
Michael Mink, Jong-Yi Wang, Kevin Bennett, Charity Moore, M. Paige Powell, Janice Probst