The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Religion and the influence of social contacts on alcohol use

    It’s known that religiosity and the personal importance of religion are associated with lower levels of alcohol use among both adolescents and college students.

    This study looked at the influence of the religious beliefs of close friends and typical college students on alcohol use.

    First, the details.

    • 1,400 undergraduate students (61% women) reported their alcohol consumption, importance of religion, attitudes, and perceived norms.

    And, the results.

    • Personal attitude on the importance of religion had the strongest influence on alcohol use.
    • This was followed by the approval of close friends.
    • To a lesser extent, the approval of typical college students was a factor.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded that personal attitudes and the perceived approval or disapproval of others might have an indirect effect on a person’s alcohol use. The significance of the influence of one’s social contacts depends on how close they are to you.

    1/20/08 13:10 JR

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