Religiosity, smoking and other addictive behaviours

Monica Roman, Klaus F. Zimmermann & Aurelian-Petruș Plopeanu


While under communism, identity-providing religion was suppressed; but today religiosity is strong even among the youth in post-communist countries. This provides an appropriate background to investigate how external and internal religiosity relates to addictive behaviours like smoking, drinking and drugs among the young. This study shows that not religion as such or internal religiosity, but largely observable (external) religiosity prevents them from wallowing in those vices.

JEL Classification: I12, N34, Z12

Keywords: addictive behaviour, Orthodox, external and internal religiosity, youth, smoking, drinking, drugs, Romania

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