The impact of alcohol consumption on patterns of union formation in Russia 1998–2010: an assessment using longitudinal data

Katherine Keenan, Michael G. Kenward, Emily Grundy, David A. Leon

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Abstract

Using data from the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey, 1998–2010, we investigated the extent to which patterns of alcohol consumption in Russia are associated with the subsequent likelihood of entry into cohabitation and marriage. Using discrete-time event history analysis we estimated for 16–50 year olds the extent to which the probabilities of entry into the two types of union were affected by the amount of alcohol drunk and the pattern of drinking, adjusted to allow for social and demographic factors including income, employment, and health. The results show that individuals who did not drink alcohol were less likely to embark on either cohabitation or marriage, that frequent consumption of alcohol was associated with a greater chance of entering unmarried cohabitation than of entering into a marriage, and that heavy drinkers were less likely to convert their relationship from cohabitation to marriage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-303
Number of pages21
JournalPopulation Studies
Volume68
Issue number3
Early online date16 Oct 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

Keywords

  • Marriage
  • Cohabitation
  • Marital status
  • Russia
  • Alcohol
  • Health behaviours
  • Longitudinal analysis

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