Ethnicity and Health Disparities in Alcohol Research

Mar 29, 2021 | Christina Thompson | @christinathompson

Advances in alcohol research around 2010 sparked an area that needed further research. The effects of alcohol on ethnic minority groups needed further studying to understand the health disparities in the alcohol field. The study states, "National surveys show variations across ethnicities in drinking, alcohol use disorders, alcohol problems, and treatment use. Higher rates of high-risk drinking among ethnic minorities are reported for Native Americans and Hispanics, although within-ethnic group differences (e.g., gender, age-group, and other subpopulations) also are evident for ethnicities. Whites and Native Americans have a greater risk for alcohol use disorders relative to other ethnic groups. However, once alcohol dependence occurs, Blacks and Hispanics experience higher rates than Whites of recurrent or persistent dependence. Furthermore, the consequences of drinking appear to be more profound for Native Americans, Hispanics, and Blacks. Disparities in alcohol treatment utilization are most apparent for Hispanics. Explanations for these differences are complex, likely affected by risky drinking behaviors, immigration experiences, racial/ethnic discrimination, economic and neighborhood disadvantage, and variations in alcohol-metabolizing genes." (Chartier, 2010)

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Chartier, K., & Caetano, R. (2010). Ethnicity and health disparities in alcohol research. Alcohol research & health : the journal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 33(1-2), 152–160.

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