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Describe the hispanic culture views on alcohol use disorder.

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It's hard to generalize about attitudes towards alcohol use disorder, or the prevalence for alcohol abuse, across all Hispanic groups. For example, statistics from the National Institutes of Heath's National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism show that predisposition towards alcohol abuse, and for getting treatment, varies depending on a number of factors, including nationality, the level of cultural asimilation, language, and others. For example, acculturated Hispanic females are more prone to alcohol use than non-acculturated females. A Michigan State University study found that, while Hispanics are stereotypically thought of as more at risk for alcohol use disorders, some groups (Cuban-Americans, for example) are much less likely to abuse alcohol while others (Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans) are much more likely. A 2014 study (Ríos-Bedoya and Freile-Salinas, "Incidence of Alcohol Use Disorders Among Hispanic Subgroups in the USA," linked below) concluded that "the practice of categorizing Hispanics as a homogenous ethnic group … is not only inappropriate, but also hinders a better understanding" of how to develop effective prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation methods.

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