Rates of Alcohol Consumption Among African Americans Compared to Other Races
Information collected by several health agencies in the United States shows that African Americans drink less alcohol in comparison to other ethnic groups. It has also depicted the alcohol consumption rate among the African American communities to be lower than the national average. An analysis of largest drinkers by race show that Hispanic communities lead by 25% followed closely by people of Caucasian origin by 24.8%. The percentage of multiracial who consume alcohol is also high at 24.1%. These percentages are high compared to that of African Americans which is at 19.8%. The race with the least rate of alcohol consumption are Asians at 11.1% (NIAAA, 2018). This makes the national average of alcohol consumption rate at 20.96% which is higher than that of African Americans.
Factors That May Lead to An Increase in The Consumption of Alcohol in African Americans
Notwithstanding low drinking tendencies in comparison to other ethnic groups, African Americans are faced with increased levels of alcohol related complications. There are various factors that would contribute to having more alcohol takers among African Americans. For example, people of African American origin are more prone to taking alcohol due to fear of violence that grip their society at time (McCarty, DePadilla, Elifson & Sterk, 2012). Besides, although not many African Americans abuse alcohol compared to other races, they are high consumers of other hard drugs which would consequently lead them to abusing alcohol. Another key factor that could lead to increased alcohol intake for this group is lack of employment and exclusion-built frustrations (LaVeista & Wallace, 2012). African Americans at times feel unwanted by the nation and a group of their fellow citizens. This makes them develop a “don’t care” attitude that exposes them to alcohol and substance abuse.
Further, in the recent times, African American communities seems to be holding numerous playing card games, parties, and picnics. Such social activities are normally accompanied by alcohol consumption due to peer influence during these events (McCarty, DePadilla, Elifson & Sterk, 2012). As such, the activities have high potential of leading members of these group into engaging with alcohol and substance abuse. With such information, it is possible for health practitioners to aid African American individuals or group of individuals threatened by alcohol consumption (LaVeista & Wallace, 2012). Besides, it would also be appropriate for the health practitioners to put in place measures that help members of the community address depressing situations that could lead them to alcohol abuse.