Study examines smoking, drinking during financial hardships

November 9, 2011 2:35:48 PM PST
A new study finds some older adults are more likely to drink and smoke when they're having financial difficulties.

Researchers at the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY Albany) spent 14 years looking at adults over the age of 65.

The study found that men with money issues were 30 percent more likely to start drinking heavily. Similar results were found for smoking.

Older women and those with higher education levels cut back on drinking and smoking during financially-hard times.