We examined the influence of nativity and community context (Hispanic neighborhood concentration) on two measures of problem drinking among Mexican-Americans.
Texas City Stress and Health Study conducted in Texas City, Texas during 2004-2006.
A total of 1435 Mexican-Americans aged 25 years and older.
Binge drinking (≥6 drinks per occasion by men and ≥4 drinks per occasion by women) and scoring positive on the CAGE (a four-item clinical measure of problem drinking) as dependent variables. Key independent variables included a measure of language acculturation, proportion of Hispanics in the participant's neighborhood according to 2000 U.S. Census data, and being foreign-born compared with being U.S.-born.
Logistic regression analysis was used to predict being a binge drinker and being positive on the CAGE. RESULTS . Foreign-born women were less likely to be binge drinkers than U.S.-born women. Nativity was not significant among men. Moreover women were less likely to be binge drinkers if they lived in heavily Hispanic neighborhoods. No such effect was found among men. Similar results were obtained with the CAGE.
We found a powerful influence of nativity (being U.S.-born compared with foreign born) and neighborhood Hispanic concentration on problem drinking among women but not among men. It is likely that cultural norms in heavily Hispanic environments discourage problem drinking among women but not among men.
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"Namely, we found that being female was not associated with PSU in adolescence, but was negatively associated with problem use in young adulthood. A study of problem drinking among Mexican- Americans in Texas noted a similar finding (Markides et al., 2012). Moreover, our results are consistent with national and community samples that report higher drug use prevalence among adolescent and adult males compared to females (CDC YRBS, 2009; NIDA, 2010). "
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