African Americans

A 1996 report by the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) on alcohol abuse among African Americans found little difference in the lifetime prevalence of alcoholism between African Americans and whites. The alcoholism prevalence for African Americans is low in the young adult group and then increases, in contrast to the alcoholism prevalence for whites, which starts at moderately high levels in the young group and then decreases. Deaths from alcohol-induced causes are about 2.5 times higher in the black population than in the white population. Cirrhosis death rates for African American males are 45.3% compared to 34.7% for whites (Caeteno & Clark, 1998b). Motor vehicle fatalities are essentially equal between blacks (45.2) and whites (44.2%) (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1999).

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