Problem Drinking's Associations with Social Structure and Mental Health Care

Race/Ethnicity Differences

Celia C. Lo, Tyrone Cheng, Rebecca J. Howell

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Abstract

This research used a nationally representative sample of 12,756 respondents self-identified as White, Black, Hispanic, or Asian to examine problem drinking in relationship to social structure and mental healthcare factors. Associations between problem drinking and particular factors varied by racial/ethnic group. Results also indicated that Whites' problem-drinking rates were higher than those of Hispanics, Blacks, and Asians. Americans sometimes use alcohol to manage stress stemming from social disadvantage and inadequate material resources. Across racial/ethnic groups, drinking level was associated with the type and degree of such disadvantage. Additionally, the presence of a mental health problem was associated with problem drinking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-242
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Psychoactive Drugs
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

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Keywords

  • frequency of problem drinking
  • quantity of alcohol consumed
  • racial/ethnic differences
  • self-medication hypothesis
  • social stress theory

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Lo, Celia C. ; Cheng, Tyrone ; Howell, Rebecca J. / Problem Drinking's Associations with Social Structure and Mental Health Care : Race/Ethnicity Differences. In: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. 2014 ; Vol. 46, No. 3. pp. 233-242.
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