Negative life events and incident alcohol use disorders among ethnic minorities


Karen B. Schmaling, Arthur W. Blume, Monica C. Skewes


Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse


The association of negative life events (NLEs) with incident alcohol use disorders (AUDs) was examined among Blacks, Hispanics, and Whites in the second wave of the National Comorbidity Survey (NCS) among 3,679 participants without AUDs at the first wave. The number of past-year NLEs at NCS-2 was higher for Black than White participants, but the rates of incident AUDs did not differ by racial/ethnic group (14.2% among all participants). Past-year NLEs were associated with increased odds of incident AUDs for Whites and Hispanics but not Blacks. The implications of racial/ethnic differences in life events and AUDs are discussed.



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