Drinking patterns and problems among African-Americans: recent findings

Alcohol Health Res World. 1998;22(4):260-4.


The findings of recent research on drinking patterns and problems among African-Americans can be summarized as follows: (1) African-Americans report higher abstention rates than do whites; (2) African-Americans and whites report similar levels of frequent heavy drinking; (3) rates of heavy drinking have not declined at the same rate among African-American men and women as among white men; and (4) variables such as age, social class, church attendance, drinking norms, and avoidance coping may be important in understanding differences in drinking and drinking problem rates among African-Americans and whites. Limitations of the research are described and suggestions are made for possible directions for future research.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • African Americans / ethnology*
  • African Americans / psychology
  • Alcohol Drinking / ethnology*
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology
  • Alcohol Drinking / trends
  • Alcoholism / ethnology*
  • Alcoholism / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male