Alcohol Use Disorder: Social Factors

There are a variety of social factors associated with alcohol use disorder (AUD). This entry focuses on the social factors associated with AUD, such as family factors, peer or partner factors, and alcohol advertising and marketing factors.

Family Factors

Family influence is a social factor that can affect drinking behavior and AUD. Studies regarding the associations between family factors and AUD have been conducted using samples of young populations, such as adolescents and emerging adults. A study (N = 2,612) published in 2006 revealed that some biological family factors, such as familial transmission of alcohol abuse and dependence, are associated with AUD. When controlling for genetic disposition to AUD, family factors such as quality of family relationships, family members’ drinking, and parenting style were found to ...

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