The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

3285.0: Monday, November 11, 2002 - Board 3

Abstract #39104

Alcohol consumption among DWI offenders and individuals never arrested for DWI among Indians of the northern plains

Philip A. May, PhD and J. Phillip Gossage, PhD. Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions, The University of New Mexico, 2650 Yale Blvd SE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Data from a randomly selected sample of over 1500 adults from four Plains Indian tribes were analyzed to determine if there were differences in the current drinking behaviors (7 days, 30 days, and 12 months preceding their interivew) among those who had been arrested occasionally or frequently for DWI and those who had never been arrested for DWI. Analysis revealed that those who had been arrested for DWI tried alcohol at an earlier age, and began drinking regularly at an earlier age. A higher percentage of DWI offenders had consumed alcohol in the 7 days, 30 days, and 12 months preceding their interview. Those DWI offenders also consumed more drinks in the 7 and 30 day periods, and were 'high' or drunk substantially more often in the 12 months preceding their interivew. This presentation will fully describe the characteristics of male and female DWI offenders compared with other drinkers of various levels of consumption within these communities. Funding provided by the NIAAA (RO1 AA09440 and RO1 AA11685) and the NIH Office for Minority Health Research.

Learning Objectives:

  • At the conclusion of this session, the conference attendee will be able to

    Keywords: DUI, American Indians

    Presenting author's disclosure statement:
    I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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