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Suburban Alcohol Use

Suburban areas may see lower rates of alcohol abuse than the majority of urban or rural areas, but adequate treatment options are still needed to address the suburbs’ unique usage patterns.

Rates of Suburban Alcohol Consumption

On a national level, residents of suburban areas are more likely to drink alcohol but less likely to develop an alcohol disorder, compared to alcohol drinkers in urban and rural areas. According to a 2007 article in the Journal of Rural Health, people who lived in rural and urban areas of the Midwest were more likely to have an alcohol disorder and drink more than recommended on a daily basis. Urban residents off the Midwest were also more likely to drink more than recommended on a weekly basis. Meanwhile, people who lived in rural areas of the Northeast, Midwest and South, as well as in urban areas of the Northeast, were more likely to avoid drinking alcohol than people who lived in suburban areas.

Reasons People Drink in Suburban Areas

There are many reasons an individual may develop an addiction to alcohol. Environmental factors, such as region, may play a limited role, but researchers are unsure about how much local culture affects drinking rates.

Suburban areas may have fewer places to buy alcohol in a defined area than urban areas and may have fewer billboards advertising alcohol, according to a 2009 article in Health and Place.

Addiction Treatment in the Suburbs

There is limited research on rates of alcohol abuse and addiction in different areas of the country. Researchers do note the importance of treating drug and alcohol problems in poor areas. When addiction is treated, crime rates fall, and overall health rates improve, according to a 2010 article in the Journal of the Western Society of Criminology.

Since suburban areas are associated with higher incomes than some rural and urban areas, affording addiction treatment may be more possible.

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