Guiding Question: What factors trigger and maintain alcoholism within Native American communities?
For years, the factors leading up to and maintaining a problem with alcoholism in an individual have been the basis of research for obtaining a better understanding of the issue and how it works. Experts opinions vary from stating that anything from economic standpoint to something inheritable such as your genes can trigger a drinking disorder. Although more conclusions have been drawn towards what causes alcoholism, there is more uncertainty to what maintains the condition. A clearer understanding or firm answer for the two would allow for strategy and action to better respond to the issue. For Native Americans, factors such as economic standpoint have had a lot to do with issue, due the fact that it lies as the root to many of their issues. To begin, unemployment for the Natives are among the highest. About 30% of them are living below the federal poverty line. A lack of opportunity hinders the ability to break this cycle.
How have the effects of alcoholism on Native American society and the individual evolved or time?
In modern society, being under the influence of alcohol leads to a significant increase in risk of death from car accidents, injuries, or committing severe crimes going as far as homicide and suicide. As time continues to progress and humans continue to become more technologically advanced, the effects and possibilities arising from being under the influence will vary. They may increase, or they may decrease as society finds new ways to be a safer place. Being able to measure the implications of an issue such as alcoholism is important because if we are not able to detect why it is here in the first place, at least we will be able to figure what we can do about it. Specific to Native Americans, issues such as alcoholism have contributed to a decrease in life expectancy rate. Alcoholism causes a variety of health complications among st their community ranging from high blood pressure and heart disease to cancer in different parts of the body, and even death. While the effects of alcoholism have evolved to becoming more in number, nothing is done to help the Native Americans due to the fact that the issue is not being addressed.
How can an individual's environment cause a drinking disorder?