Comparison of heavy episodic drinking patterns between Korean and Chinese immigrants

The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research

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Title Comparison of heavy episodic drinking patterns between Korean and Chinese immigrants
Creator Ruderman, Danielle E.; The Ohio State University
Clapp, John D.; The Ohio State University
Hofstetter, C. Richard; San Diego State University
Irvin, Veronica; Oregon State University
Kang, Sunny; San Diego State University
Hovell, Melbourne F.; San Diego State University
Subject Epidemiology
Heavy episodic drinking; Korean immigrants; Chinese immigrants; social network
Description Ruderman, D., Clapp, J., Hofstetter, C., Irvin, V., Kang, S., & Hovell, M. (2016). Comparison of heavy episodic drinking patterns between Korean and Chinese immigrants. The International Journal Of Alcohol And Drug Research, 5(2), 65-71. doi: Drinking-related problems are increasing among Asian immigrants despite the popular perceptions of a “model minority.” Sociocultural factors may relate to differing drinking patterns among subsets of Asian American populations. This study explores the relationship between nationality and alcohol consumption among Chinese and Korean Americans, specifically in regards to acculturation and social networks.Method: First-generation Chinese and Korean immigrants residing in the greater Los Angeles area were recruited (N= 2715). Structured interviews were conducted over the phone and by professional bilingual interviewers in the language of participant preference.Results: Although subsamples were demographically similar, Chinese immigrants were less likely to report heavy episodic drinking (HED) than Korean immigrants. Participants in each group with social networks composed of drinkers or problem drinkers and those that encouraged drinking were more likely to report HED themselves.Conclusions: Alcohol consumption and its dynamics are impacted by peer networks among first-generation Chinese and Koreans residing in the United States. While drinking behaviors differ for Chinese and Korean immigrants, the impact of peer’s drinking behaviors on one’s own drinking is paramount. This result has important implications for interventions and the need for further research focusing on the impact of peer interactions and alcohol use among this population.
Publisher Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol (KBS)
Contributor NIH/NIAAA
Center for Behavioral and Epidemiology and Community Health, San Diego State University
Date 2016-07-15
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

Format application/pdf
Source The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research; Vol 5, No 2 (2016); 65-71
Language eng
Coverage North America
Rights Copyright (c) 2016 The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research


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