Alcoholism among Latino and Hispanic population
Posted by Administrator on 1/17/2012 to • General Health

Today, Hispanics make up about 16 percent of the American population.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), research has indicated

that Hispanic American drinking patterns may be contingent to acculturation,

the process by which an individual may experience cultural modifications

by adapting to traits from another culture. Clinical and experimental studies

performed on alcohol and racial/ethnic minorities have reported that minority

groups such as Hispanics are at greater risk of alcohol related problems.

Hispanics reside in communities where alcohols availability is superior.

Not only is alcohol easy to access, but also we are a minority group that the

industry targets in regards to alcohol containing higher concentrations.

Since we are frequently targeted and exposed to alcohol advertisement,

it places us at greater risk of alcohol-related problems. As a result, if we

choose to consume a single alcoholic beverage or multiple alcoholic

beverages, these advertisements may be putting us at risk to binge drink

and may increase our susceptibility to alcohol abuse.


A widespread alcohol-related problem amongst Latinos is chronic liver

disease, the end phase of liver damage that results in severe scarring of

the internal organ. This chronic disease is our utmost primary cause of death.

The prevalence within our ethnic group is unknown, although alcohol abuse

has raised some concern.


So what could be the reason why Hispanic Americans may be abusing alcohol?

As I previously stated, the adaptation to the new cultural traits and social

patterns of the American population may be a cause in this health-related issue.

Adapting to the American ways may bring about distress. Distress may increase

as one endeavors to gain the adequate amount of revenue to support their families,

struggling to familiarize with a foreign language, as well as the desire to obtain a

higher education. These are all contributing factors that may possibly increase an

individual to experience acute physical and mental pressure. 


The comfort that alcohol provides us with can create an escape from reality, in which

may serve as a stress reliever. Given that cirrhosis is ranked 2.5 times higher in

Hispanic Americans in comparison to other ethnic groups, it is evident that

preventative measures should be taken in to consideration.


The consumption of more than the standard alcoholic beverage required for male

and females may cause a vitamin deficiency. To avoid this health-related issue,

it would be wise to help aid our body in the healing process as well as take on the

preventative measure by intaking a daily dose of our B- Complex supplement.

Our B-Complex includes a combination of all the necessary vitamins including

thiamine, folic acid, B-6, B-12 and many more.  These B vitamins will not only

provide you with energy and a boost in immune function, but they will also relieve

you from stress, anxiety and tension that may combat the need for alcohol

consumption when experiencing stress.


I know that some of us may enjoy an alcoholic beverage from time to time to

alleviate our stress, but how about trying to ease the problem in a natural way?

We have a herbal recipe that not only relieves your body from that stressful long

day, but it also helps you to reach optimum health without having to worry about

that unwanted weight gain obtained from excess alcohol consumption.

Our natural Stress Relief Kit will alleviate your body from not only stress, but it

has additional benefits. It will increase your energy level by fighting daily fatigue,

depression, anxiety and more. The Calm Complex Part A and Part B by

Natura-Genics ® contains a variety of vitamins and herbal compounds that will

help aid in the minimization of that everyday pressure.


Always remember, when you are having a stressful day, “ the greatest weapon

against stress is our ability to choose one thought over the other”- William James.

Think twice about escaping reality with an alcoholic beverage that can only

temporarily do the trick. Your stress-free day awaits, try our Stress Relief Kit

today and breathe easy!


References

Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. "Drinking trends increase for whites,

blacks and Hispanics." ScienceDaily, 20 Jul. 2010. Web. 23 Dec. 2011.


"Alcohol and the Hispanic Community." National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Rethinking Drinking, April 2011. Web. 20 Dec 2011.

<http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/HispanicFact/hispanicFact.pdf>.


"Chronic Liver Disease and Hispanic Americans." U.S. Department of Health and Human

Services. Office of Minority Health, 28 June 2010. Web. 20 Dec 2011.

<http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/content.aspx?lvl=3&lvlID=534&ID=6207>.

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