Essay on Effects Of Alcohol Abuse Among Hispanics

1194 Words Dec 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Alcohol Abuse among Hispanics
Hispanics are the largest and most rapidly growing ethnic group in the United States, making up about 17 percent of the population, or more than 50 million people. Research shows that drinking patterns among Hispanics are different from those of non-Hispanic Whites and other ethnic or racial groups (National Institute of Alcohol and Alcoholism, 2015). Hispanics’ drinking problem is associated with low socioecomic status such as poverty and low education, acculturation, familism, gender differentiation, social act, morality, ethnic heterogeneity, and cumulative advantage to mention a few.
As an existing social condition, low socioeconomic status is associated with unhealthy behaviors or lifestyles among Hispanics. For men, excessive drinking was more prevalent in the lowest educational group. For women, no significant relation between educational level and prevalence of excessive drinking was found. Moreover, an education level has been found to have an impact on the risk of alcohol abuse; and their education level may have some influence on those who abuse alcohol; in addition, there is a strong association between poverty and alcohol abuse. Those who are unemployed, particularly long term unemployed, in poor or insecure housing have a higher rate of substance abuse (DARA, 2016). These existing social conditions affect Hispanics tremendously, as they move across horizontally on the socioeconomic line. Additionally, among Hispanics,…

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