Socioeconomic status and alcohol use among urban and rural residents in China

Subst Use Misuse. 2008;43(7):952-66. doi: 10.1080/10826080701204961.


The association between socioeconomic status (SES) and current regular alcohol use was examined separately for urban and rural residents of Hubei, China, using the third Chinese National Health Service Survey conducted in 2003. A probability sample of 15,609 respondents, ages 15 through 101 years, was selected from the study base. Alcohol use was a dichotomized variable (current regular users vs. others). Multivariate analyses incorporated four SES indicators: income, education, occupation, and house size. Investigation of status discrepancy indicated that income was positively associated with the likelihood of current regular alcohol use, whereas education was negatively associated. For both urban and rural residents, likelihood of current regular alcohol use was smallest for those in the highest education and lowest income category. Further research, which factors in quantity and frequency, is needed to understand how alcohol use among Chinese urban and rural populations impacts their health.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology
  • China / epidemiology
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Income
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • National Health Programs / statistics & numerical data
  • Rural Population / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sex Distribution
  • Social Class*
  • Urban Population / statistics & numerical data*