Acculturation stress and drinking problems among urban heavy drinking Latinos in the northeast

Christina S. Lee, Suzanne M. Colby, Damaris J. Rohsenow, Steven R. López, Lynn Hernández, Raul Caetano

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This study investigates the relationship between the level of acculturation and acculturation stress and the extent to which each predicts problems related to drinking. Hispanics who met criteria for hazardous drinking completed measures of acculturation, acculturation stress, and drinking problems. Sequential multiple regression was used to determine whether the levels of self-reported acculturation stress predicted concurrent alcohol problems after controlling for the predictive value of the acculturation level. Acculturation stress accounted for a significant variance in drinking problems, while adjusting for acculturation, income, and education. Choosing to drink in response to acculturation stress should be an intervention target with Hispanic heavy drinkers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)308-320
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013


  • Latinos
  • acculturation stress
  • alcohol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)


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