Relationships between Socioeconomic Status and Drinking Problems among Black and White Men

R. J. Jones-Webb, C. Y. Hsiao, P. Hannan

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Abstract

We sought to examine the relationships between socioeconomic status and drinking problems within the Black and White male populations. A two‐way interaction of social class with race/ethnicity, and with drinking consequences and alcohol dependence symptoms was hypothesized among drinkers. Drinking problems were regressed on social class, race/ethnicity, age, alcohol consumption, and drinking settings. Social class was based on a composite of respondent's income, education, and main wage earner's occupation. Two types of drinking problems were analyzed: drinking consequences and alcohol dependence symptoms. Our hypothesis was partially confirmed. Interactions of social class with race/ethnicity and with drinking problems were observed. Less affluent Black men reported greater numbers of drinking consequences and total drinking problems than less affluent White men; the reverse was true for affluent Black and White men. Results suggest that the relationships between socioeconomic status and drinking problems may vary by race/ethnicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)623-627
Number of pages5
JournalAlcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1995

Keywords

  • African‐Americans
  • Drinking Problems
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Socioeconomic Status

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