Sociocultural influences on smoking and drinking

Alcohol Res Health. 2000;24(4):225-32.


Numerous research studies have shown that sociocultural factors influence the initiation and continued use of alcohol and tobacco among adolescents and adults. Few studies have examined the effects of sociocultural factors on the tendency of smokers to drink and drinkers to smoke. However, the limited evidence available suggests that such factors exist and that the strength of the association between alcohol and tobacco use behaviors varies with the levels of alcohol use. Public health interventions focused on concurrent tobacco and alcohol use could yield further reductions in the morbidity and mortality associated with these substances.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking / economics
  • Alcohol Drinking / ethnology*
  • Alcohol Drinking / mortality
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology
  • Culture*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Smoking / economics
  • Smoking / ethnology*
  • Smoking / mortality
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Socioeconomic Factors