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8% in nonmetropolitan areas. 8%). 4% in large metropolitan areas. 16 (c) 2011 Omnigraphics, Inc. All Rights Reserved. ) Recognition of diversity in alcohol-related problems is an important aspect of developing tailored and targeted intervention and prevention responses. Most research into this issue is centered on the study of four main groups, often in comparison or contrast to White/Caucasian Americans. The four groups include: African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, and American Indians/Alaska Natives.

The ability to drink a man— or anyone—under the table is not a plus: it is a red flag. Research has shown that drinkers who are able to handle a lot of alcohol all at once are at higher—not lower—risk of developing problems, such as dependence on alcohol. 3 million women in the United States drink in a way that threatens their health, safety, and general well-being. A strong case can be made that heavy drinking is more risky for women than men: s (EAVYDRINKINGINCREASESAWOMANSRISKOFBECOMINGAVICTIMOF violence and sexual assault.

S Brain disease: Most alcoholics have some loss of mental function, reduced brain size, and changes in the function of brain cells. Research suggests that women are more vulnerable than men to alcohol-induced brain damage. s Cancer: Many studies report that heavy drinking increases the risk of breast cancer. Alcohol also is linked to cancers of the di44 (c) 2011 Omnigraphics, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Alcohol-Related Problems: Are You at Risk? gestive tract and of the head and neck (the risk is especially high in smokers who also drink heavily).

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