Demography

, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 691–710

Cleaning up their act: The effects of marriage and cohabitation on licit and illicit drug use

Authors

  • Greg J. Duncan
    • Institute for Policy ResearchNorthwestern University
  • Bessie Wilkerson
    • The Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Paula England
    • Department of SociologyStanford University
Article

DOI: 10.1353/dem.2006.0032

Cite this article as:
Duncan, G.J., Wilkerson, B. & England, P. Demography (2006) 43: 691. doi:10.1353/dem.2006.0032

Abstract

We use data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to estimate changes in binge drinking, marijuana use, and cigarette smoking surrounding young adults’ first experiences of cohabitation and marriage. Both marriage and cohabitation are accompanied by decreases in some risk behaviors, but reductions surrounding marriage are larger and most consistent, particularly for men. Binge drinking and marijuana use respond to these events, especially marriage, but smoking does not.

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© Population Association of America 2006