Link Between Liquor Stores and African American Alcoholism

February 18, 2011  |  

(BET) — A neighborhood’s liquor-store density had a significant impact on at-risk drinking among African Americans who consumed alcohol, particularly for women who drink, according to a new study.  “There has been limited research on this topic among specific minority groups or by sex,” said Katherine P. Theall, associate professor in the department of community health sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. “Researchers have only recently begun to examine in greater detail the impact of the neighborhood and other distal factors on health outcomes.”

The study, which will be published in the May 2011 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, investigated links between neighborhood liquor stores, on-premise outlets, convenience stores, and supermarket densities and at-risk drinking among African Americans.  “Investigations that examine neighborhood influences according to specific demographic characteristics such as differential impacts by gender or race,” said Theall, “are still emerging as we think of ways to best intervene and prevent adverse health outcomes based on neighborhood changes or polices.”

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