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Alcohol Problems among Older African-American Women

Bonnie F. Hatchett
Journal of Religion and Health
Vol. 38, No. 2 (Summer, 1999), pp. 149-154
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27511350
Page Count: 6
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Alcohol Problems among Older African-American Women
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Abstract

Alcohol misuse is second only to prescription drug misuse among African-American older adults. Despite this reality, relatively few older African-American women are seen in centers for alcohol treatment. Increasing our knowledge of attitudes about alcohol held by older African-American women may assist in the development of mechanisms to decrease barriers to utilization of treatment services. The belief systems regarding alcohol were surveyed in a non-clinical sample of 184 older African-American women ages 55-89. The relationship between religion and religiosity and attitudes and behavior related to alcohol suggest that the church could be used as a vehicle for the dissemination of educational information about alcohol use and possible treatment options.

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