Acculturated Italian-American Drinking Behavior

  • Ben James Simboli


Drinking behavior, like all other behaviors, is culturally learned. This premise has been given greater credence in recent decades as an increasing number of anthropologists and sociologists have focused on drinking customs and their association to problem drinking. Studies that look at the cultural differences in drinking behavior (Bales, 1944; Snyder, 1958; Lolli, Serianni, Golder, & Luzzatto-Fegiz, 1958; Jessor, Young, Young, & Tesi, 1970; Simboli, 1976; Blane, 1977) offer convincing support for the inclusion of cultural factors in a holistic theory of the causes of alcoholism. One of the apparent finds from the “cultural difference” studies is that some societies have been able to enjoy the benefits of alcohol and avoid its severe liabilities.


Health Belief Drinking Behavior Problem Drinking Host Society Italian Family 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ben James Simboli
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  1. 1.State of California Department of Health ServicesBerkeleyUSA

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