American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

American Indians With Drinking Problems Have More Medical Repercussions

Alcohol abuse and dependence are known to be major health problems among American Indians, yet little research has examined alcohol’s detrimental effect on organ systems among these populations. Looking at two American Indian tribes, a study in the April issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research has confirmed that a significant relationship exists between alcohol disorders and medical conditions, specifically: sprains and strains, hearing and vision problems, kidney and bladder problems, head injuries, pneumonia/tuberculosis, dental problems, and liver problems/pancreatitis.

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