Alcohol en la Comunidad Latina—Producido en español
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
In 2005, the rate of substance dependence or abuse among Hispanic persons aged 12 and older was 9.3 percent, while the rate of binge alcohol use among Hispanics was 23.7 percent. Latin American immigrants and their families face a number of challenges as they enter and assimilate into North American society, which may contribute to substance use disorders. Aside from obvious challenges such as overcoming language barriers, securing meaningful employment, and providing for their families, a wide range of encountered cultural differences can be quite stressful and can potentially lead to an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs. This program will examine, in Spanish, issues surrounding alcohol abuse and dependence specific to the Latino community in the United States, and it will provide resources on where help and assistance can be found.
Ivette Torres, Associate Director for Consumer Affairs, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).