Cash-Strapped Adults Curb Smoking, Drinking
The current economic slump may have caused many of us to drop our gym memberships and made it more challenging for us to eat healthfully. But the impact on our health may not be all bad: According to a recent Pew survey, young adults are skimping on cigarettes and alcohol in light of their financial woes.
In the survey of 1,003 adults conducted by the Pew Research Center between April 2 and April 8, 39 percent of those ages 18 to 29 reported they'd cut spending on cigarettes and alcohol in response to the recession. Among those ages 30 to 49, 29 percent reported the same; 27 percent of those ages 50 to 64 and just 12 percent over age 65 had made those cuts.
Of course, cutting back on spending doesn't necessarily equal cutting back on smoking and drinking; could be some of those folks simply traded down from pricey gin to cheap beer, for instance. But that doesn't likely account for the whole trend.
Has the economy caused you to change your health habits -- for the better or the worse? Have you cut back on extras such as cigarettes, alcohol and snacks? Do you eat out less and cook more? Walk or run in the neighborhood instead of hitting the gym? Share your recession tales in the comments section -- and take a second to vote in today's poll.
Jennifer LaRue Huget
July 20, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: Alcohol and Drugs , General Health
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