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Resources by Topic: Alcohol use

Binge Drinking and Prescription Opioid Misuse in the U.S., 2012-2014
Explores the relationship between binge drinking and opioid misuse. Analyzes data from the 2012-2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health and presents data by age, race, and rural versus urban status, among other measures.
Author(s): Marissa B. Esser, Gery P. Guy Jr., Kun Zhang, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
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Using Rural–Urban Continuum Codes (RUCCS) to Examine Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Crash Injury and Enforcement in New York State
Compares rates of alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents in New York State by rural-urban continuum codes (RUCCs). Uses multiple county-level data sources and looks at demographic information, such as age, household income, and RUCC of the location.
Author(s): Joyce C. Pressley, Leah M. Hines, Michael J. Bauer, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(8), 1346
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
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Pain in the Nation Update: While Deaths from Alcohol, Drugs, and Suicide Slowed Slightly in 2017, Rates Are Still at Historic Highs
Issue brief details updated rates of deaths related to drugs, alcohol, and suicide from 2016-2017. Breaks down data by race, age, and regionally, including rural versus metro areas.
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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The Relationship Between Rural Setting and Health: Factors that Influence Individuals With or at Risk of CVD - A Summary of the Literature
Describes current literature on rural challenges and opportunities, including cardiovascular risk due to obesity, lack of access to healthcare, workforce shortages, importance of paramedics and community health workers, telehealth and broadband, and impact of the substance use disorder epidemic. Intended to help stakeholders understand the causes of health disparities and to support action to improve the health of rural communities.
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Heart Association
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America's Health Rankings Annual Report 2018
Provides a national and state-by-state overview of population health by analyzing 35 measures to describe health outcomes in the U.S. Provides rural specific information and statistics by residence, obesity, excessive alcohol use, physical inactivity, smoking, diabetes, health status, mental and physical distress.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United Health Foundation
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High Prevalence of Non-Communicable Disease Risk Factors among Adolescents in Pohnpei, Micronesia
Reports on a study of secondary school students in Pohnpei state, Federated States of Micronesia, regarding substance use and weight. Compares factors by gender, age group, school type, and grade level. Focuses on alcohol, tobacco, and betel nut use.
Author(s): Delpihn Abraham, Haley L. Cash, A. Mark Durand, et al.
Citation: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 77(11), 283-288
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
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Characteristics of Prescription Opioid-Impaired and Other Substance-Impaired Drivers in Rural Appalachian Kentucky
Study examining characteristics and behaviors of prescription opioid-impaired drivers in the rural Appalachian region of Kentucky. Data gathered from research interviews with 118 study participants who had been convicted of a DUI in the same county where they lived. Discusses prevalence of substance use, frequency of impaired driving, criminal activity, and mental health for prescription opioid-impaired, other drug-impaired, and alcohol only-impaired drivers.
Author(s): J. Matthew Webster, Megan F. Dickson, Faiyad Mannan, Michele Staton
Citation: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 59(5), 373-381
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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Rural Health Opioid Program Funds Care Coordination Efforts for Recovery
Highlights programs funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy that provide opioid treatment and recovery care coordination. An Ohio program uses care coordination in an existing syringe exchange program and county family drug court, a Kentucky program focuses on helping prisoners, and a Montana program reaches new and expectant mothers.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Trajectory Classes of Cannabis Use and Heavy Drinking among Rural African American Adolescents: Multilevel Predictors of Class Membership
Presents a study on cannabis and alcohol use among African American youth in rural Georgia. Features data assessments over nine years beginning when the participants are 16 and ending when they are 25 and looks a perceived stress and other psychological risk factors.
Author(s): Allen W. Barton, Gene. H. Brody, Tamika C. B. Zapolski, et al.
Citation: Addiction, 113(8), 1439-1449
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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Prevention of Underage Drinking on California Indian Reservations Using Individual- and Community-Level Approaches
Reports on a study evaluating the long term effects of combined individual-level and community-level interventions to reduce the consumption of alcohol by tribal youth living in 9 rural California reservations. The overall impact of combining interventions was assessed using anonymous data from the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS). Comparisons of consumption were made between tribal youth in the intervention area and tribal youth outside the intervention area.
Author(s): Roland S. Moore, David A. Gilder, Joel W. Grube, Juliet P. Lee, Jennifer A. Geisler, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 108(8), 1035-1041
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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