Alcohol Use Disorders
An estimated 13% of the US adult population was born outside the United States. As they adapt to life in the United States, they may be differentially exposed to substance use norms and social challenges (i.e., language barriers, unfamiliar customs, and discrimination). One of the consequences of adapting to new circumstances may be an increased rate of substance use. Even among those from the same general regions of the world, there is a significant heterogeneity of immigrant populations which highlights the need to study the factors that may contribute to differential substance use rates. A more comprehensive understanding of the variability among racial/ethnic groups will contribute to the identification of at-risk populations that can be targeted for prevention/early intervention programs.
Conceptual Models for Alcohol Use Problems Among Immigrants and Refugees
Several different models have been developed to explain the use of alcohol and other substances by immigrants and...
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