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Ethnic differences in substance use and alcohol-use-related mortality among first generation migrants to England and Wales

Harrison, Larry; Sutton, Matthew; Gardiner, Eric

Authors

Larry Harrison

Matthew Sutton



Abstract

Epidemiological studies among migrant ethnic groups are potentially important as a way to provide insight into the relative importance of genetic, cultural, and socioeconomic factors in the etiology of substance use disorders. This paper summarizes prior United Kingdom studies of the prevalence of substance-use-associated problems in different ethnic groups before analyzing trends in recent mortality data by country of birth. On this evidence, rates of alcohol-related mortality may be marginally higher for those born in the Caribbean than for the native British, but are substantially raised for those born in Ireland and the Indian subcontinent. There is some indication that rates for the Caribbean and possibly the Irish groups have risen more rapidly than for the national population over a 12- year period. These differences in mortality rates seem to have arisen for complex reasons.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 1997
Journal SUBSTANCE USE & MISUSE
Print ISSN 1082-6084
Electronic ISSN 1532-2491
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 7-8
Pages 849-876
APA6 Citation Harrison, L., Sutton, M., & Gardiner, E. (1997). Ethnic differences in substance use and alcohol-use-related mortality among first generation migrants to England and Wales. Substance use & misuse, 32(7-8), (849-876). doi:10.3109/10826089709055862. ISSN 1082-6084
DOI https://doi.org/10.3109/10826089709055862
Keywords Ethnicity; Alcohol-related mortality; England and Wales
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/10826089709055862
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