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Articles > Nationwide Study Shows Substantial Differences in Adult Substance Use Rates Among Asian Americans

May 19, 2010
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A new national study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows there are significant differences in rates of substance use among adults in various Asian-American populations. For example, the past month binge drinking rate among Korean-American adults is three times higher than among Chinese-American adults (25.9 percent versus 8.4 percent). Similarly the level of past month illicit drug use among Japanese-American adults is nearly three times higher than the level among Asian Indian-American adults (6.2 percent versus 2.1 percent). 

The study also shows that Asian-American adults born in the U.S. have much higher substance use rates than Asian-American adults born outside the U.S. For example, the past month binge drinking level among U.S. born Asian-American adults is nearly double that of their foreign born counterparts (22.0 percent versus 11.1 percent), and the past month illicit use level among U.S. born Asian-American adults is nearly triple the rate found among foreign born Asian-American adults (7.3 percent versus 2.5 percent). Although U.S. born adult Asian-Americans tend to be younger than those born outside the U.S., the higher rate for U.S. born Asian-American adults generally holds regardless of age. 

The study shows that Asian-American adults overall have far lower rates of alcohol, binge drinking and illicit drug use than the national average. 

Full story: Asian-American adult community has lower level of substance use than national average