The Effects of Peers and Social Bonds on Adult Drug and Alcohol Use

Deirdre Rogers, The Bowling Green State University

There has been much research surrounding adolescent drug and alcohol use, but little on adult use. In addition, the debate over the impact of peers on deviant behavior has primarily focused on adolescents, but recently been brought uynder inquiry for adults. This project investigates the effects of peers influence on adult drug and alcohol use. It examines whether social bonds, such as the desire to get married, having a good job, religious involvement and getting a good education, mediate the effects of peers. It is hypothesized that the influence of peers on total drug and alcohol use will become non-significant when you include the social control variables.

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Updated 05/20/2006