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Author: Bai, Zefeng
Resulting in 2 citations.
1. Bai, Zefeng
Does Frequent Prayer Help Reduce Alcohol Use? Heterogeneity in Religious Contexts and Drinking Styles
Mental Health, Religion and Culture published online (13 April 2021): DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2020.1826915.
Also: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13674676.2020.1826915
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Keyword(s): Alcohol Use; Heterogeneity; Modeling, Fixed Effects; Religion; Religious Influences

Risky alcohol drinking remains a public health issue in many societies. Evidence has shown that religious coping is often associated with less alcohol consumption. This study examines the relationship between frequent prayer and alcohol use in two major denominations in Christianity: Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. Fixed-effects nominal logistic analyses were conducted on a sample (n = 10,666) extracted from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 97 (NLSY97). After controlling for unobservable individual characteristics, the present study reveals that frequent prayer could reduce alcohol consumption in the context of Protestantism. This mitigation effect is only significant for moderate alcohol users but not heavy alcohol users. In Roman Catholicism, there is no evidence to support that frequent prayer could reduce alcohol consumption, regardless of one's drinking style. The present study concludes that not only religious denominations but also drinking styles are factors that need to be considered when implementing intervention programmes for alcohol misuse.
Bibliography Citation
Bai, Zefeng. "Does Frequent Prayer Help Reduce Alcohol Use? Heterogeneity in Religious Contexts and Drinking Styles." Mental Health, Religion and Culture published online (13 April 2021): DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2020.1826915.
2. Bai, Zefeng
The Impact of Different Drinking Habits on Marijuana Use among College-aged Youths
Social Science Journal published online (23 August 2019): DOI: 10.1016/j.soscij.2019.08.002.
Also: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1016/j.soscij.2019.08.002
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Keyword(s): Alcohol Use; Drug Use

The present study investigates the impact of two drinking habits -- moderate drinking and heavy drinking -- on marijuana use among college-aged youths. Utilizing data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 97 (NLSY97), this paper reveals that there is a positive association between both drinking habits and marijuana use in the long run, indicating that alcohol and marijuana are complements. However, in the short run, the association between marijuana and alcohol varies based on different drinking habits. The present study also provides evidence that underage drinking might lead to marijuana use among people younger than 21.
Bibliography Citation
Bai, Zefeng. "The Impact of Different Drinking Habits on Marijuana Use among College-aged Youths." Social Science Journal published online (23 August 2019): DOI: 10.1016/j.soscij.2019.08.002.