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Your assumptions about Native Americans and alcohol are wrong


That widely held assumption that Native Americans drink way more than other groups?

Not really accurate, according to a study published this week in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Researchers found that Native Americans are more likely than white counterparts to abstain from alcohol altogether, and the two groups had comparable rates of heavy and binge drinking.

Such findings "allow us to get rid of the stereotype of 'the drunken Indian' that has persisted for several decades in the media and in general public thought," said co-author Teshia Solomon, director of the University of Arizona's Native American Research and Training Center.


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