Native Americans

Many Native American tribal groups have high rates of alcohol-related problems (Westermeyer, 1986). However, attitudes toward drinking vary considerably from tribe to tribe. Westermeyer noted increasing rates of alcoholism and medical complications secondary to alcohol as Native American tribes have moved from their rural tribal areas to cities. Those living on reservations drink less frequently but are more likely to binge drink and to consume more alcohol per drinking occasion (May & Gossage, 2001). A recent study that contradicted the "firewater myth" theory that Native Americans are more sensitive to the effects of alcohol (Garcia-Andrade, Wall, &Ehlers, 1997) found that the Mission Indian men were generally less sensitive to alcohol effects, a physiological characteristic shown to be associated with a greater risk for alcoholism in white populations.

Alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities are highest in the Native American population, with a 68.1% rate compared to 44.2% for whites (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1999). Cirrhosis is the sixth leading cause of death in Native Americans (Stinson, Grant, & Dufour, 2001).

Beat The Battle With The Bottle

Beat The Battle With The Bottle

Alcoholism is something that can't be formed in easy terms. Alcoholism as a whole refers to the circumstance whereby there's an obsession in man to keep ingesting beverages with alcohol content which is injurious to health. The circumstance of alcoholism doesn't let the person addicted have any command over ingestion despite being cognizant of the damaging consequences ensuing from it.

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