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Alcohol Health Res World. 1998;22(4):253-9.

American Indians and alcohol.

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Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.


The high prevalence of alcohol use and its consequences among American Indians may be attributed to a number of factors, including the influence of the European colonists who first made large amounts of alcohol available to Indians, as well as current social and cultural factors. Efforts to prevent and treat alcohol problems among the American Indian population may be more effective if native beliefs and approaches are incorporated. Alcohol problems also may be prevented through policies regulating the sale and use of alcohol in Indian communities.

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