Assessing the Relationship Between Youth Religiosity and Their Alcohol Use: A Meta-Analysis from 2008 to 2018

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Alcohol, Youth--Alcohol use, Religiousness, Drinking of alcoholic beverages, Youth


Social and Behavioral Sciences


Underage alcohol use, and associated deleterious consequences, persists as a serious public health issue. In particular, early initiation of alcohol use increases risk for the development of alcohol use disorders later on in life. Religiosity – a multidimensional construct, encompassing personal beliefs, commitments, practices, and public behaviors – has demonstrated a strong protective effect on alcohol consumption; as one’s religiosity increases their alcohol use behaviors decrease. This meta-analysis includes research spanning years 2008–2018, and specifically examines whether measuring religiosity via a single dimension, as compared to multiple dimensions, impacts the association between alcohol use and religiosity.


Article published in Addictive Behaviors, volume 106, July 2020.

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Alex M. Russell, Bo Yu, Christopher G. Thompson, Steve Y. Sussman, Adam E. Barry, Assessing the relationship between youth religiosity and their alcohol use: A meta-analysis from 2008 to 2018, Addictive Behaviors, Volume 106, 2020, 106361, ISSN 0306-4603,