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Why are there racial disparities in regards to alcoholism?

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In brief: Historically...

... In populations that have had access to alcohol for thousands of years, persons with genetic tendency toward alcoholism were likely start drinking as children, and to die young, therefore unlikely to reproduce, breeding this sensitivity out of the population.
Groups to whom alcohol was introduced only a few hundred years ago have not had time to do that.

In brief: Historically...

... In populations that have had access to alcohol for thousands of years, persons with genetic tendency toward alcoholism were likely start drinking as children, and to die young, therefore unlikely to reproduce, breeding this sensitivity out of the population.
Groups to whom alcohol was introduced only a few hundred years ago have not had time to do that.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry

In brief: It's Multifactorial

There's multiple factors which play a role in alcohol & substance abuse across various populations.
Such factors include the rate in which certain ethnic groups metabolize alcohol, the religious/cultural restrictions or acceptance of certain practices-as in the case of rituals involving substances, the availability of alcohol-i.e. Certain countries ban alcohol, and other biopsychosocial variables.

In brief: It's Multifactorial

There's multiple factors which play a role in alcohol & substance abuse across various populations.
Such factors include the rate in which certain ethnic groups metabolize alcohol, the religious/cultural restrictions or acceptance of certain practices-as in the case of rituals involving substances, the availability of alcohol-i.e. Certain countries ban alcohol, and other biopsychosocial variables.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Dr. Kevin Passer
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