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Women's Roles and Problem Drinking across the Lifespan
Richard W. Wilsnack and Randall Cheloha
Vol. 34, No. 3 (Jun., 1987), pp. 231-248
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/800764
Page Count: 18
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Data from a 1981 national survey of women's drinking show that women's problem drinking is associated with different configurations of roles at different ages. For women drinkers under 65, risks of problem drinking increase with age-specific patterns of role deprivation: the lack or loss of marital, employment, and childrearing roles. The demands of multiple roles do not appear to be a major cause of women's problem drinking at any age. Close role relationships with other drinkers may become a more important factor in risks of problem drinking among women drinkers after age 50. The complex findings demonstrate the need for age-specific analyses of the effects of women's roles and role relationships on patterns of problem drinking.
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