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Short and Long Term Consequences of Childhood Exposure to Problem Drinkers

Researchers used data from the 1988-2011 National Health Interview Survey-Linked Mortality Files, and estimated hazards models to examine relationships between exposure to problem drinkers in childhood and adult mortality risk. Significant evidence was found indicating the duration, source, and intensity of exposure to problem drinkers in childhood contributes to inequality in adult mortality risk. The findings should inform policies to improve childhood circumstances, reduce detrimental effects of problem drinking, and increase life expectancy.

The study “Alcohol's Collateral Damage: Childhood Exposure to Problem Drinkers and Subsequent Adult Mortality Risk,” is published in Social Forces. The National Institute on Child Health and Human Development supported this research effort.

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