Effects of Ethnicity, Drinking History, and Family Drinking History on Perceptions of Causes of Heavy Drinking

Susan Bullers, University of North Carolina - Wilmington

This study looks at the effects of respondent's ethnicity, respondent's drinkiong history and respondent's family drinking history, on beliefs about the causes of drinking problems. This study uses survey data from a non-random sample of 75 students from a traditionally Native American University including 19 Native Americans, 17 African Americans, and 39 Whites. Drinking problem causes considered in the study include influences of family upbringing, physiology, culture, advertising, bad judgement, personal decisions, low intelligence, bad luck, friends with problems, weak moral character, genetics, and stress.

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