Drinking Behavior Assessed among Hispanics

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WASHINGTON -- Drinking behavior varies considerably across Hispanic national groups, with Puerto Rican men, Mexican men, and Puerto Rican women at the greatest risk for binge drinking.

In a study of more than 5,000 Hispanics, Mexican American men reported the greatest rate of binge drinking at least once a month; Puerto Rican men reported the greatest rate of binge drinking less than once a month.

Among women, Puerto Ricans had the greatest rate of binge drinking less than once an month and at least once a month, reported Suhasini Ramisetty-Mikler, Ph.D., in a poster presented at a joint meeting sponsored by the Research Society on Alcoholism and the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism

Dr. Ramisetty-Mikler, of the epidemiology department at the University of Texas in Dallas, and her colleagues surveyed 5,224 individuals 18 years and older (50.3% male). Participants belonged to one of four Hispanic national groups: Puerto Ricans (25.6%), Cuban Americans (25.4%), Mexican Americans (24.7%), and South/Central Americans (24.4%). Participants lived in one of five metropolitan areas--Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Houston, and Los Angeles. …