Reasons for Drinking, Alcohol Use, and Alcoholism Among Mexican Americans and Non-Hispanic Whites

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Associations of subjective reasons for drinking with heavy drinking, frequent drinking and alcohol abuse or dependence were estimated. Respondents were 725 Mexican-American and 915 non-Hispanic White randomly selected community residents who reported drinking at least once in the 6 months before being interviewed Each reason for drinking and number of reasons given for drinking were associated with heavy drinking, frequent drinking or alcohol abuse or dependence. However, multivariate models suggested that different reasons may be associated with different types of alcohol involvement Cultural differences in alcohol involvement were typically not accounted for by cultural differences in reasons for drinking Drinking to cheer up or to loosen up around people and drinking to induce sleep had different associations with heavy drinking and alcohol abuse or dependence in different cultural groups.

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