Living in a cohesive neighborhood where people get along has fewer alcohol drinkers

Living in a cohesive neighborhood where people get along has fewer alcohol drinkers

Adults who live in cohesive neighborhoods where people get along, help and care for one another are less likely to binge drink than those in less cohesive neighborhoods, a new study suggests .

Living in a highly cohesive neighborhood can affect social norms and restrict behavior in such a way that binge drinking is highly unlikely, even if the opportunity to drink arises, the researchers note.

Social control

The researchers also found that, for those who live in neighborhoods they consider to be safe and orderly, and who have a more interconnected social network, the likelihood of social drinking increases, and binge drinking could occur in those social drinking situations, regardless of how much. cohesive. However, the study also found that those neighborhood and network factors also restrict how often someone drinks excessively, likely through processes of social control , such as friends and neighbors caring for each other or commenting on others. excesses of someone’s drinking, etc.

The study also found that binge drinking was more likely among adults who lived in orderly neighborhoods and had denser social networks, but reported less cohesion in the neighborhood.

To conduct the study, the researchers used online surveys of adults ages 30 to 80 drawn randomly from the RAND American Life Panel. The main predictor variables were neighborhood cohesion (neighbors help neighbors, neighbors get along); neighborhood order (my neighborhood is clean, safe); and density of social networks. Associations of these measures with binge drinking in the past month (any number of days) were examined, controlling for demographic characteristics .