A review of theory and research on drinking patterns among Jews

Lydia V. Flasher, Stephen A. Maisto

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)596-603
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1984
Externally publishedYes

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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