Why Low Income Adults Tend To Become Alcoholics and Smokers?

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When stress strikes an individual, his body is making ways in order to combat the stress. Certain bodily mechanism will be enforced, but when then the body is already exhausted, it tends to go with other defense mechanisms which sometimes are harmful to the body and to that individual. Recently, as new study claims that those adults who are having financial difficulty tend to drink alcohol and hit their cigarettes.

These adult individuals who have financial constraints are using other diversionary mechanism in order to cope. This is specifically observed among senior males who had less education. The researchers deemed to examine the behavior of senior individuals who are experiencing financial constraints and difficulty.

The new study which was published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs involves the analysis and examination of data gathered from about 2,300 senior Americans which are dated back in 1992 and 2006. The study participants do belong to the age group of 65 years and older when the study was started.

According to the researchers, they have found out that among the study participants, sixteen (16) per cent of them were reported to have experienced financial problems over the period of that time. In addition, there were about three (3) per cent of the study participants who admitted that they had started to increase their alcohol intake which is about more than 30 instances of alcoholic drink in a span of one month. Also, one per cent of the study population said that they had started smoking.

Furthermore the researchers look into details, based on their findings, it was noted that about thirty (30) per cent of senior men who were actually facing financial problems were most likely to indulge themselves in heavy alcohol drinking as compared to those senior men who are not experiencing financial stress. Also, the researchers were able to look into the factor of educational attainment. The researchers discovered that the increased risk of going into heavy alcohol drinking and smoking was similar to those senior men who have lower levels of education. In addition, those senior women who had higher levels of education are more into reducing their alcohol intake when they are under financial stress.

Moreover, according to the lead researcher Benjamin A. Shaw of the State University of New York at Albany, the findings of their study does not necessarily implicate that financial constraints were the main reason for the increase alcohol intake and cigarette smoking of the adult individuals, but rather engaging into alcohol drinking and cigarette smoking is the way of these individuals to cope with their financial stresses.

 

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