The Hispanic Americans baseline alcohol survey (HABLAS): Acculturation, birthplace and alcohol-related social problems across Hispanic national groups

Raul Caetano, Patrice A C Vaeth, Lori A. Rodriguez

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the association between acculturation, birthplace, and alcohol-related social problems across Hispanic national groups. A total of 5,224 Hispanic adults (18+ years) were interviewed using a multistage cluster sample design in Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Houston, and Los Angeles. Multivariate analysis shows no association between acculturation and problems among men or women. Birthplace is a risk factor for social problems among both genders. Among men, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and South/Central Americans are more likely to report social problems than Cuban Americans. Other risk factors for men are unemployment, a higher volume of drinking, and a higher frequency of binge drinking. Among women, Mexican American origin and binge drinking are also risk factors for reporting problems. U.S.-born Hispanics may experience stress and other detrimental effects to health because of their minority status, which may increase the likelihood of more drinking and the development of alcohol-related problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-117
Number of pages23
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012

Keywords

  • Hispanic groups
  • acculturation
  • birthplace
  • social problems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language

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