Are some ethnicities more prone to addiction and substance abuse than others?

Are certain ethnicities more prone to addiction and substance abuse than others? I've heard people attribute their high-tolerance to their "Irish blood" or "Native American roots", is this even a possibility?

asked 27 Mar '12, 17:15

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Drug Addiction

Anyone can become addicted to drugs, though some ethnicities have a stronger history of addiction than others.



Though alcohol is legal, it is a controlled substance and is very addictive.


Drug Abuse

The rate of drug abuse varies between ethnicities, though there are more similarities than discrepancies.


Alcohol Abuse

Many ethnicities share a history of alcohol abuse.

For sure! You share a lot of your addictive tendencies with your mother and father for a reason: it's all passed down through genetics. I don't know if alcohol tolerance has much to do with your genes, but I am sure various cultural differences help create ethnic consistencies in things like tolerance and mis-use/abuse (drinking-age, social norms, typical amount consumed, etc.).

e.g., many Native American tribes choose to prohibit the sale of alcohol or tobacco on the reservation as a precaution. They have recognized that substance addiction and abuse is particularly hard on their people, and extra steps must be taken to account for the heightened concerns.


answered 06 Jun '12, 15:23

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