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ERIC Number: ED537618
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
Racial and Ethnic Differences in Alcohol and Other Drug Use. Infofacts/Resources
Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention
Contrary to stereotypes seen in the media, several studies have found use of alcohol and other substances among racial and ethnic minority college students to be lower than among white students. At historically black colleges, for instance, about half the percentage of students report using tobacco, marijuana, or cocaine compared with students at predominantly white colleges. Because of the large variations in use rates, before a college begins prevention work it is important for program administrators to identify the differing patterns of alcohol and other drug use among the racial and ethnic groups on campus. A national study, conducted in 2005 by the Core Institute, of 33,379 college and university students found the largest proportion of abstainers to be among Asian/Pacific Islander and black respondents. The percentages of students who had consumed alcohol in the previous 30 days were as follows: Asian/Pacific Islanders, 59.1 percent; blacks, 52.3 percent; American Indians, 73.1 percent; Latinos, 75.3 percent; and non-Latino whites, 75.3 percent. Meanwhile, the 2005 Core Institute analysis of 33,379 college students reveals that in the previous year, 33.5 percent of American Indians had used marijuana, as had 31 percent of non-Latino whites, 33.4 percent of Latinos, 21.4 percent of blacks, and 18 percent of Asian/Pacific Islanders. Amphetamine and cocaine use was comparatively infrequent, with non-Latino whites' and Latinos' use far exceeding blacks' and Asian/Pacific Islanders' use. (Contains 14 online resources.)
Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention. EDC, Inc. 43 Foundry Avenue, Waltham, MA 02453. Tel: 800-676-1730; Fax: 617-928-1537; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (ED); Education Development Center, Inc.
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention (ED)