In an effort to specify the factors relevant to the etiology and prevention of alcoholism, theories have been proposed to account for the low rate of alcoholism among Jews. This paper includes a summary of two major theories that have been developed to explain the drinking patterns among Jews and a review of the data that purportedly support these theories. A critical examination of these studies reveals substantial methodological and interpretive problems that challenge the conclusions that have been generally accepted. Directions for future research are suggested.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health