Association of Recreational Cannabis Legalization With Alcohol Use Among Adults

JAMA Health Forum

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 11 A.M. (ET), FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2022

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About The Study: This study including 4.2 million adults in all 50 states from 2010 to 2019 found that recreational cannabis laws may be associated with increased alcohol use, primarily among younger adults and men. These findings suggest that increased alcohol use may be an unintended consequence of recreational cannabis laws.

Authors: Coleman Drake, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, is the corresponding author.

 

(doi:10.1001/jamahealthforum.2022.4069)

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