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The paper reveals that a high number of deaths among American Indians and Alaska natives are linked to alcohol. The paper discusses how these tribes suffer from high poverty levels, lonely lives, and a lack of education on alcohol and its damaging consequences. The paper then discusses how the social disadvantage of Blacks and Hispanics is a factor to alcoholism, while peer pressure is a key factor in adolescents' alcohol use. The paper looks at the genetic factor behind alcohol use and how stress and negative moods encourage drinking. The paper relates that scientists have discovered a chemical which could be used in the treatment of alcoholism, and then considers the ideas of a reformed drunk, Jack Trimpey, on alcohol recovery programs.
From the Paper:"The "drunken Indian" image hovers destructively in the lives of many Native Americans (Deseret News Editor, 2008). Professional critics and other observers see the condition as demanding quick and appropriate action from all levels of government. The tribes suffer from high poverty levels, the remoteness of the area and the lonely life the tribes live and their lack of education on alcohol and its damaging consequences. At present, inhabitants in these reservations interpret intoxication as an attitude of "understanding" rather than a call for help. Some interventions have been initiated in these reservations but a lot more appears needed (Deseret News Editor)."
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Cite this Term Paper:
Understanding and Preventing Alcoholism (2010, December 12) Retrieved October 03, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/understanding-and-preventing-alcoholism-145982/
"Understanding and Preventing Alcoholism" 12 December 2010. Web. 03 October. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/understanding-and-preventing-alcoholism-145982/>