If you are interested in participating in this study, please visit: https://criticalpublichealth.org/northstateintoxicationstudy

Young adults living in rural areas have been relatively neglected in research on heavy alcohol use and related problems. This is surprising given the fact that alcohol use is more widespread among young people in rural areas and has serious health and social impacts. For example, limited health-related research suggests that rural young people initiate alcohol use earlier, drink more heavily, and experience an increased risk of alcohol abuse and related problems compared to young people living in urban areas.

In spite of documentation about the health consequences of drinking for rural young people , little is known about how the young adults who live in rural communities in California think about their own drinking and intoxication. The Center for Critical Public Health’s North State Intoxication Study is a 36-month qualitative interview project that examines young adults’ drinking and intoxication beliefs and practices. In doing this, we are trying to understand the role that alcohol and intoxication play in the lives of young adults who live in the North State. We will conduct 200 in-depth online interviews with young adults who have various degrees of experiences with alcohol.

Participation is voluntary, and each participant who completes both the confidential survey and interview receives $70 in total to thank them for their time. Participants will receive $20 after completing the survey and $50 after completing the interview. Ethical approval for this study has been approved by the Committee of the Protection of Human Subjects at the Institute for Scientific Analysis in Alameda, CA.

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Project Contact

Ida Wilson, Project Manager


This research is supported by funds from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), grant number 1R01AA027922-01A1 (Geoffrey Hunt, PI). The content provided here is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the NIH.