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Disparities in AA Attendance Among Americans with Substance Use Disorders

New research from PHI’s Alcohol Research Group shows that Black and Hispanic alcoholics are about 40% less likely to have ever attended an AA meeting, compared to white drinkers. PHI’s Sarah Zemore discusses how Black, Latinx and emerging adults with substance use disorders are not receiving optimal care in the United States.

  • HealthDay
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“Alcoholics Anonymous is a key means by which millions of Americans deal with drinking problems.

However, white Americans are much more likely to engage in the trusted “12-step” program than Black of Hispanic drinkers, a new study finds.

Black and Hispanic alcoholics are about 40% less likely to have ever attended an AA meeting, compared to white drinkers, according to analysis of data from the National Alcohol Survey.

Researchers also discovered age-related disparities.

Among adults younger than 30, less than 5% had ever attended AA versus about 12% of those 30 and older. After accounting for other factors, younger adults still attended AA at a third of the rate of older adults.

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This is concerning, because the disparities suggest that these groups—Black, Latinx and emerging adults—are not receiving optimal care. Sarah Zemore

Senior scientist PHI’s Alcohol Research Group

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Originally published by HealthDay

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