Does race make a difference among primary care patients with alcohol problems who agree to enroll in a study of brief interventions?

J. Conigliaro, Stephen A Maisto, M. McNeil, K. Kraemer, M. E. Kelley, R. Conigliaro, M. O'Connor

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This study describes the severity, alcohol consumption, consequences, readiness to change, and coping behaviors of African-American and white primary care patients enrolled in a trial of brief interventions for problem drinking. In multivariate analysis, unemployment but not race was associated with clinical indicators of alcohol problems. African-Americans reported no difference in alcohol consumption and similar quality of life scores African-American race and unemployment were both associated with increased identification and resolution of alcohol problems. There was no difference in readiness to change, but African-Americans reported more problems related to alcohol and greater use of coping behaviors to avoid drinking. African-Americans may be better equipped to manage drinking problems when they do occur due to increased familiarity with coping mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-330
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal on Addictions
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


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  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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