This article references a study conducted by James Cunningham with the University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine and the UA Native American Research and Training Center. The article highlights the fact that in contrast to enduring stories about extraordinarily high rates of alcohol abuse among Native Americans, University of Arizona researchers have found that Native Americans’ binge and heavy drinking rates actually match those of whites. The groups differed regarding abstinence: Native Americans were more likely to abstain from alcohol use. To purchase a copy of the study by the University of Arizona from Science Direct, go to this website:

Author: Jane Erikson, UA College of Medicine
Date: February 2016