Interesting study on alcohol abuse

Posted: April 23, 2008 in Headlines, Our Health

Blacks Have Much Lower Incidence of Alcohol Abuse than Whites

By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today

BETHESDA, Md., April 22 — Blacks are 40% less likely than whites to develop alcohol abuse and Hispanics are half as likely as whites to develop generalized anxiety disorder.

These are among the few surprises in a major study of the incidence of such disorders, reported Bridget Grant, Ph.D., of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and colleagues online today in Molecular Psychiatry.

The study showed that compared with whites, the odds ratio for blacks developing new cases of alcohol abuse in a year was 0.60 with a 95% confidence interval from 0.34 to 0.95. (more…)

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