Substance abuse is difficult to treat no matter the background someone comes from, but adding sociocultural influences from diverse cultures can add an even more difficult element when it comes to effective prevention and intervention strategies. The United States is a melting pot of diverse cultures, with the Hispanic population accounting for “one-half of the nation’s growth” (Steven & Smith, 2013, p. 328). When it comes to treating Hispanic individuals for substance abuse issues, one needs to be aware of the cultural differences and acculturation issues that are characteristic of this culture. Clinicians who work with the Hispanic population need to understand their cultural values and respect their diversity so that barriers to treatment can be overcome.
“80 percent of teen-agers have tried alcohol, and that alcohol was a contributing factor in the top three causes of death among teens: accidents, homicide and suicide” (Underage, CNN.com pg 3). Students may use drinking as a form of socializing, but is it really as good as it seems? The tradition of drinking has developed into a kind of “culture” fixed in every level of the college student environment. Customs handed down through generations of college drinkers reinforce students' expectation that alcohol is a necessary ingredient for social success. These perceptions of drinking are the going to ruin the lives of the students because it will lead to the development alcoholism. College students who drink a lot, while in a college
Drinking alcohol is a behavior that diverse ethnicities and cultures have adapted as a form of leisure, celebration, socialization, or cultural practice. Mexican American males have engaged in drinking alcohol for all of these reasons. It is important to analyze the process of acculturation Mexican American experience and how it affects their ability to persuade and control their alcohol consumption. The stress of adjusting to a new place than the one they have been accustomed to and have already been accepted in, can lead males to drink alcohol to help them in coping with their issues. The gravity of extreme alcohol drinking is also
Drinking pattern does differ by race and ethnicity in the United States. Our book discusses the difference between Irish, Italians, French, Asia & Native Americans, Hispanics, and African American. Studies show that African Americans have higher rates of alcoholism than whites do. This conclusion is due to the lack of research on drinking pattern amongst blacks (Lex, 1985; Sterne, 1967). Evidence also show that white women has a lower rate of alcoholism than black women, yet African American women have a higher abstain rate (Harper and Saifnoorian, 1991). Most African American males don’t encounter with alcohol related problems until about their 30’s. Seen in a study by Herd’s (1990) it revealed that is was some similar patterns between white and blacks as well as differences. White were found to do more
It goes on by telling us more about drinking, separated by categories like gender and ages of Hispanics. The article states that Latinos drink more than Latinas. The targeted audience seems to be anyone who has an interest in learning more about Hispanic health. As we know drinking and drugs causes all sorts of health problems, but this article specifically focuses on giving us information about Hispanics. Tables were included to help organize the data and statistics of the Hispanic population. The only weakness, is that it mainly focuses on older adults. Of course that is part of the title, but it would have been more helpful if it include younger populations
Alcohol use has spanned history. In fact, there is speculation that alcohol use actually preceded the formation of societies (Doweiko, 2015, p. 30). Thus, alcohol has long been a part of mankind’s life. The function of alcohol has unarguably changed throughout the course of history, as it was first used for nutritional purposes and then later on for religious purposes (Doweiko, 2015, p. 32). Today, alcohol serves a social purpose. In the United States, the prevalence of use is quite high, with just over 50% of the population partaking monthly (Doweiko, 2015, p. 34). This statistic is somewhat alarming considering alcohol use comes with a number of potential adverse consequences. Case in point, even
According to (AA.org) the drinking habits and patters of consumptions among Latinos changes due to many circumstances. “One reason that some Hispanics drink more than others here in the USA depends on factors such as accessibility and affordability”. Secondly, because of isolation from their loved ones as they become more susceptible to engage in risky drinking habits than in their countries.
Since Asian Americans are mostly immigrants and their substance abuse issues are often close related to acculturation status, based on the conceptual framework of acculturation, the key to explain this phenomenon is to understand the cultural distance (Berry, 1997), the difference between the culture and values between society of origin and society of settlement. In this case, it is necessary to understand the different attitudes (attitudes of original society and that of settlement society) toward specific substance abuse issues (alcohol, drugs, tobacco) and the different attitudes toward the specific ethnic group.
Ward et. al. explores alcohol and other drug abuses specifically in Native American college students. Using referenced data, the author clarifies that while Native Americans are one of the lowest percentage of groups that use alchol, they have the largest percentage of being a binge drinker. Relavent information clearly compares alcohol abuse in the Native American college population to that of the average US college student. The paper gives a transparent view of the data and thorough discriptions of what they deemed as alcohol “use” and “binge drinking”. Ward’s findings showed that there was no statistical evidence that Native American college students were more likely to binge drink than non-Native American students.
Binge drinking is the pattern of drinking defined as the most common excessive alcohol consumption trend in the United States (CDC, 2016). In 2013, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) reported that 17% of the U.S. population reported binge drinking (CDC, 2015). This constitutes one in six adults reporting binge drinking four times a month (CDC, 2016). Compared to overall U.S. statistics, studies have shown that residents of the U.S. Mexico border have “higher annual levels of drinking and alcohol-related problems on the U.S. side of the border” typically amongst the younger population (Caetano and Mills, 2016). This is a problem because binge drinking is related to three quarters of potential life lost in the U.S. (CDC, 2015). Economically, the act of binge drinking “was responsible for about 77% of the cost of all excessive alcohol use in all states and DC; in total, excessive alcohol consumption cost the U.S. $249 billion in 2010. (CDC, 2015).
I feel we can identify if there even is an alcohol abuse problem in the Native American college population when compared to other college populations. By interpreting this information, we can be more effective in our targeting of subgroups within the Native American population with our project. Furthermore, if there is not a statistically significant difference between a Native American subgroup and the corresponding general populace subgroup, than it is less fruitful to make that subgroup the target audience for improving Indian health in terms of alcohol
According to (AA.org) the drinking habits and patters of consumptions among Latinos changes due to many circumstances. “One reason that some Hispanics drink more than others here in the USA depends on factors such as accessibility and affordability”. Secondly, because of isolation from their loved ones they become more susceptible to engage in risky drinking habits than in their countries.
Alcohol is one of the most commonly used drugs in the United States today. Sixty-three percent of Americans over the age of 18 said they have consumed alcohol at least once in the past year, (National, 2001). A survey, conducted by the Core Institute, of 55,026 college students, ranging from freshmen to seniors to non-seeking degree students, from across the United States showed that 84.1% of students consumed alcohol at least once a year and that 72.1% of students
All of the sample population claimed to drink on average about 2.5 times a week. This volunteers were also all students from the University of Ulster student accommodation building. Although we don’t know why all volunteers were picked from this location, we can elude this to the fact it was convenient. Any volunteer who decided he/she didn’t want to participate could terminate their involvement at any moment. Due to all of this information that was provided about the sample used in the study, and how they went through collecting the data, we can infer that the collection, analysis, and processing were described in detail. I believe that the researchers could have used a larger sample size, as well as evenly distributed the sample size of men and women. None of these stated factors would skew the data too much, but it would make it more accurate. These data findings pertain to the initial research question of the difference in performance the day after drinking and the day after not drinking. It also described thoroughly the reasons why this experiment was carried out so well, or not to raise
When I step into a college party, the first thing I see around me is alcohol. I often notice underage adolescents drinking and I also distinguish how they become different people when intoxicated by alcohol. They begin to walk funny and they tend to slur their words, making it hard to comprehend anything they are saying. I have watched family members who were so inebriated that they could not even spell their own name or even pinpoint who they were. The questions I always ask myself when I see these drunk college kids is “Do these kids know the effects of alcoholism?”