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Are various races and nationalities effected by differently by addiction?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 35 years experience
Statistic data: According to the substance abuse and mental health services administration, the percentage of those currently abusing illegal drugs in different races breaks down as: asians: 3.6 percent two or more races: 14.7 percent african americans: 10.1 percent american indian or alaska natives: 9.5 percent caucasian: 8.2 percent native hawaiian/pacific islander: 7.3 percent hispanic 6.2 %.
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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 36 years experience
Possibly: Based on biological and other factors. But all are affected to one degree or another so it is hard to understand the purpose of the question.
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Dr. Rick Barnett
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Short answer - no!: addiction does not discriminate. However, there are physical differences such as alcohol dehydrogenase (enzyme that breaks down alcohol) between certain races that some say either protect or make one more vulnerable to addiction. There are also significant socio-cultural/racial differences that may protect against addictive disorders.
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Last updated May 29, 2015

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