Alcohol Belief Systems in a Culturally Pluralistic Society

  • Linda A. Bennett
  • Genevieve M. Ames


“The American experience with alcohol” is a multi-cultural mosaic of pattern and variability. Children in the United States are socialized to distinctive outlooks toward alcohol that, in turn, play a major role in their drinking practices in adulthood. Such outlooks are based upon ethno-religious heritage, family culture, and personal experience. In this anthology, the primary emphasis is on the ethnic and religious pluralism of alcohol beliefs in American society, the historical roots of contemporary alcohol patterns, and changes in the beliefs and practices due to acculturation over generations in the United States.


Religious Group Alcohol Treatment Drinking Pattern American Experience Historical Root 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda A. Bennett
    • 1
  • Genevieve M. Ames
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Family Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesGeorge Washington University Medical CenterUSA
  2. 2.Prevention Research CenterPacific Institute for Research and EvaluationBerkeleyUSA

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