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The Effect of Income on Health Choices: Alcohol Use

  • Hu, Xiaowen
  • Stowe, C. Jill
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    This paper investigates the relation between household income level and individual alcohol consumption behavior. Data from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) are tested utilizing a multinomial Logit method. The results show that alcohol consumption frequency positively correlates to income, but excessive alcohol use mostly occurs among lower income population.

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    Paper provided by Southern Agricultural Economics Association in its series 2013 Annual Meeting, February 2-5, 2013, Orlando, Florida with number 143060.

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    Date of creation: 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:saea13:143060
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