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Childhood Religious Affiliation and Alcohol Use Across the Lifespan

Poster Session VI - Board: VI-126
Saturday, May 23, 2009, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Golden Gate Exhibit Hall

Laura Koenig
Kutztown University

Jon R. Haber
VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Theodore Jacob
VA Palo Alto Health Care System

In a sample of 931 men, childhood religious affiliation (differentiating, accommodating, Catholic, and none) was found to impact alcohol use (quantity-frequency consumption, alcohol dependence, etc.). Individuals raised without religious affiliation exhibited the highest rates and those with differentiating religious backgrounds exhibited the lowest rates of alcohol use over the lifespan.

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